The Motorleague

The Motorleague

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The Motorleague are the anthem to every bad break-up or shitty boss you've ever had.

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Biography

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, and its 10 hooky, bottom-heavy bangers; however, while their 2013 follow-up Acknowledge, Acknowledge 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 with 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), Andrew Greig (guitar/vocals), 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, from whom they’ve also borrowed their moniker. The group still holds the release dear, though with their latest, wanted to showcase a wider spectrum of what they can do.

Produced by Steve Rizun (The Flatliners, The Creepshow), Acknowledge, Acknowledge is an extension of the sound established with its predecessor. Tracks like lead single “Good Men” or “We Are All Going Directly To Hell” are dense and dirty with the familiar slick riffs, huge harmonies, and anthemic choruses that unite lost voices. “Love Letter To A Landmass,” 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 of this east coast trap 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…

Recent & Relevant Accolades
- Recently Signed with Sonic Records from Halifax, NS (Matt Mays, Hey! Rosetta, Rich Aucoin, Wintersleep)
- Performed @ THE FEST 2012
- Recently Toured in the US Nov 2012
- Performed alongside Rise Against / Vandals / Propagandhi @Summersonic 2012
- Won PUNK SONG OF THE YEAR at 2012 IMA's (Good Men)
- 2 Cross Canada Tours and countless regional tours
- Raised over $3300.00 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada to date
- Cross Canada Tour with Grady - Nov 2010
- 2400+ Soundscanned sales of new single
- Won Music New Brunswick Loud Recording of The Year - Oct 2010
- Won 2 East Coast Music Awards Feb 2010
- Performed At Envol MacAdam Oct 2009 (Bad Religion, Alexisonfire)
- Performed at Junofest March 2010 as direct support for Alexisonfire
- Regional Tour support for Comeback Kid - Through The Noise East Tour - Sept 2010
- 2 Videos in rotation on "Much Loud"

Lyrics

Hymn For The Newly Departed

Written By: The Motorleague

Fair is fair - that we know,
But this is extraordinary.
Say our prayers, hold our breaths,
For we are visionaries - but without salvation we sing:

We are ghosts,
We are ghosts now, on our own.
Broken and alone.

All is lost - we have failed.
Just a fleeting memory, we exist
in those we've known.
And though we stay, it's a lie
that we're perpetuating.
With no salvation we sing:

We are ghosts,
We are ghosts now, on our own.
Broken and alone.

And I don't think - I know
That I will never let this out.
And though we try - we fail.
For if there's one thing that I know...
Just one thing...

We are ghosts,
We are ghosts now, on our own.
Broken and alone.

Good Men

Written By: Don Levandier

Can we agree on nothing?
A trite display: the only thing we've gotten good at,
is arguing.

Are you a better man?
Are you a better man than me?

We've built a lavish soapbox of ignorance.
Our thankless gift to a generation of malcontents.

We've failed, we've failed;
if you're a better man than me.

Are you the pinnacle of all that we've become?
May your comments be your legacy, in code, in stone.
Weak willed, critical, all alone, is this how deplorable we are?
We are.

Is it a foreign method, to hold your tongue,
to keep you from weighing in on things you haven't done.

Are you a better man?
Are you a better man than me?

We've failed, we've failed;
if you're a better man than me.

Are you the pinnacle of all that we've become?
May your comments be your legacy, in code, in stone.
Weak willed, critical, all alone, is this how deplorable we are?
We are.

Discography

White Tape - May 1st, 2007
Black Noise - May 19th, 2009
Acknowledge, Acknowledge - June 2013

Set List

The Motorleague typically does 20, 30 minute festival /opening sets, or 45-60 minute headlining sets.

Songs include an array of originals with the occasional cover - depening on the venue / audience.

Sets are extremely high energy and move along quickly with very few breaks between songs / momentum.