The Motorleague, Dead Weights, Sidelines
221 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 5X8
This event is 19 and over
The Flatliners were making music together before they were old enough to drive a car. Before they were old enough to buy alcohol they had already released two albums: 2005's Destroy to Create (Stomp Records) and their 2007 Fat Wreck debut The Great Awake. Since then this Toronto-based four piece have toured the world enough to make even the most road-savvy bands homesick.
With an impressive road resume that boasts tours along side punk icons like NOFX and Bad Religion, The Flatliners continue to mature and progress, an evolution obvious on their new Fat 7" Cynics. "We usually catch ourselves writing parts that may be a bit more challenging to play at first, but we're up to it. We're constantly trying to be better at our respective instruments and keep things interesting for ourselves. That's the fun part of writing your own songs. You can do whatever the hell you want." said singer Chris Cresswell. Recorded again by Steve Rizun at Drive Studios, who has worked with the band on all previous releases, the three songs on Cynics are sure to impress and intrigue old fans and new listeners alike. And with cover art by Richard Minino (Horesbites) you can be sure it will look just as good as it sounds.
It seems all the hard work has paid off as The Flatliners will head out on tour again this year in support of Cynics, and soon their third full length album Cavalcade (April 13, 2010 via Fat Wreck) with a handful of American dates, their first trip to Australia, their fourth trip to Europe/UK, and a stint on this summer's Warped Tour. "It's funny to think that this has become our lives." says Cresswell, but that seems to be exactly what's happened and with a new full length slated for 2010 The Flatliners show no signs of slowing down.
It's mere seconds into a typical track by The Motorleague that listeners realize what they're in for. Be it a blistering single-string guitar riff delivered through an amp that's seemingly been set afire or a bludgeoning smash to the snare drum, this band delivers its punk-influenced hard rock with an unrelenting urgency from start to finish. Or at least that was the case with the band's heralded 2009 debut LP, Black Noise… their 2013 follow-up Acknowledge, Acknowledge also features a flurry of high-energy, riff-anchored rock, it's also much more dynamic and expressive – and that was the idea from the outset.
Formed in Moncton, NB from the relics of revered local rock outfits The Ditchpigs and The Monoxides, The Motorleague was originally an outlet for lead vocalist/guitarist/primary songwriter Don Levandier and his band mates to blend a penchant for '90s skate punk with the sludgier sounds of stoner rock. "I never knew whether I wanted to be in a punk band or Fu Manchu rip-off," Levandier says of the group's formative years, and even now, traces of each are audible in the band's output.
Having undergone more than its fair share of lineup changes, with the release of Acknowledge, Acknowledge, The Motorleague has marked a new beginning with a firmly- cemented stable of players set to carry the banner forward. Joining Levandier are Shawn Chaisson (bass/vocals), Francis Landry (drums), and Nathan Jones (guitar/vocals). And while their influences are still on their sleeves, over time, The Motorleague has morphed into a rock band that exists strictly on its own terms.
Black Noise and its sinfully catchy single "Hymn For The Newly Departed" attracted quite a bit of attention to the band. In addition to taking home two East Coast Music Awards and one Music New Brunswick award in 2010, The Motorleague has also performed alongside contemporaries like Alexisonfire, Flogging Molly, Rise Against, Priestess, and Propagandhi. Produced by Steve Rizun (The Flatliners, The Creepshow), Acknowledge, Acknowledge is an extension of the sound established with its predecessor. Tracks like lead single "North America" are dense and dirty with the familiar slick riffs, huge harmonies, and anthemic choruses that unite lost voices. "Every Man Needs A Cape Breton," on the other hand, is slightly more upbeat and boasts a healthy dose of mainstream rock. Others like "Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen" and "Burned In Effigy" are more sparse in their arrangement, drawing the focus to Levandier's fine-tuned vocal phrasing and lyrics.
"A lot of these songs deal with frustrations," Levandier explains delving into his words. From the Internet turning into an arena of hatred to the hardships of being on the road to the band's geographical underpinnings, Levandier says it's a simple of matter of writing about what he knows and sees – and that honest and pure approach spreads throughout every aspect of The Motorleague.
"We're not a new band," Levandier says. "We've been at this for years; we've played some big shows and been to some cool places. Now we want to get out on the road again and push onwards." Armed with a new collection of songs and plenty of piss and vinegar, The Motorleague will soon be impossible to ignore, infecting audiences across North America with their intense live performances and now-signature hard rock stylings. Acknoweldge, Acknowledge indeed…
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