Sat, Jun 15, 2013.
It's been awhile for The Motorleague, but they return with guns a-blazing. Their first album since, 2009's debut Black Noise sees the Moncton band big on riffs, heavy on guitars and pounding drums, but tighter. The songs are full of impact, but lots of melody too. There's a surprising amount of tunefulness for a band with definite punk/hard roots.
Lead track North America, with its double-time, raging drums, is an anthem, complete with a sing-along chorus, big harmonies and vocals, and even a key change, yet it's perfectly acceptable head-banging stuff. Even the ominously-titled We Are All Going Directly To Hell is energetic, and oddly uplifting, thanks to the hooks. Lead singer and songwriter Don Levandier has been looking around, and doesn't like a lot of what he sees, specifically the negativity. He's taking us to task for it, although he certainly understands it: "You're so cynical, just like me." The only answer to all this is to rock hard and get on with it.
And they are getting on with it, starting tonight (Saturday, June 15) with a CD release show in the hometown, at The Oxygen, with John Jerome and the Congregation opening up. Then it's on the road they go, playing a series of shows through Quebec, before ending up back in the province approaching Canada Day, with a show in Saint John at Market Square on June 30th.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).