The Motorleague is the newest signing to Sonic Records (Matt Mays, Hey Rosetta!, Rich Aucoin). The band’s sophomore release Acknowledge, Acknowledge will be released in-stores and online June 11th. The new single ‘North America’ can be heard now on the band’s website: http://www.themotorleague.ca and is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/north-america-single/id637964097
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. That was the case with the band’s heralded 2009 debut LP, Black Noise and their 2013 follow-up Acknowledge, Acknowledge features a flurry of high-energy, riff-anchored rock, and is even more dynamic and expressive thanks to producer Steve Rizun (The Flatliners, The Creepshow).
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.
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.
The Motorleague will perform The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on May 14th at Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite. Admission is free, stop by for a beer and check out The Motorleague !
May 10 - Canton, OH @ Buzzbin Art & Music Store
May 14 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern
May 15 - Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge
May 16 - Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah Lounge
May 17 - Montreal, QC @ Pub St-Ciboire
May 24 - Saint John, NB @ Pub Down Under
May 25 - Fredericton, NB @ Capital Bar
Jun 1 - St. John's, NL @ Distortion
Jun 12 - Halifax, NS @ Gus’s
Jun 13 - Pictou, NS @ Highlander
Jun 14 - Sydney, NS @ Elk’s Lodge
Jun 15 - Moncton, NB @ The O.C. Nightclub