maudlin of the Well is an American band from Boston, Massachusetts who formed in 1996 and disbanded in 2003, revived in 2008. Their music contained elements from many different genres including , , , and . They released three full-length albums before disbanding: 1999’s My Fruit Psychobells…a Seed Combustible and 2001’s Bath and Leaving Your Body Map. These last two albums were considered companion albums.

motW had a consistent core membership which consisted of Jason Byron, Greg Massi, and Toby Driver. Throughout motW’s career, they saw a sort of “revolving door” of members and session musicians as they were needed. In this regard, it may be more accurate to think of motW as a project rather than a typical band, akin to Chuck Schuldiner’s influential project/band, Death.

motW’s music, lyrics, and atmosphere dealt predominantly with the subject of astral projection. The band tried to find music rather than compose it. This was attempted through practicing astral projection and lucid dreams, from which the band were purportedly able to “bring back” pre-existing music from the astral plane. This idea is similar to the common dogmatic notion that “all good things come from God”, but with a new-age spin.

In late 2001, motW began working on a fourth studio album. During this time, the band lost longtime members, changed labels, and ultimately renamed themselves to Kayo Dot. This fourth motW album was released in 2003 as Kayo Dot’s Choirs of the Eye.

Bath and Leaving Your Body Map were re-issued by Dark Symphonies in 2006 and the label has recently announced plans to re-release My Fruit Psychobells…a Seed Combustible in September 2007.

On July 27, 2008, Toby Driver released a statement in his blog which confirms that a new studio album will be recorded starting February, 2009. The album, entitled Part the Second, was released in May 2009 on the band’s website. The record was entirely fan-funded, and people who contributed to the funding of the record are listed on their website. A double-LP edition pressed at 45rpm was issued in November 2010 thanks to fan donations; plans for a future CD release are also dependent upon future fan donations.

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Formed in
  • 1996
Split in
  • 2003
Reformed in
  • 2008
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  • Boston, Massachusetts

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