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Motorcycle Display Team

London, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | INDIE

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"What's on your rider? Motorcycle Display Team"

What’s on your rider? Just a few beers and a large bottle of water.

What would be on your fantasy rider? A few better beers (Budvar, 500ml, chilled); a SuperSoaker500 (primed); pretentious gourmet crisps; and an enormous tube of Smarties with all the orange ones removed.

What’s your pre-gig ritual/ routine? Relax, read, chat, watch the other acts, change into our ceremonial robes and chant, 500 crunches, 500 push-ups, a half marathon and we’re ready.

What are your favourite and least favourite venues ? Love The Bird’s Nest in Deptford in London – it’s a good and proper dive with an awesome clientele. Also love The Grand Social and Whelan’s in Dublin, Stables in Mullingar. Dolans in Limerick is great. There are some venues where we’ve had terrible gigs, but when we returned we’ve had a brilliant time, so we figure there are no really awful venues, just awful live experiences.

Most embarrassing on-stage moment? Steve smashing his mouth on the mic (repeatedly) and Mog throwing up after a big dinner. Matthew is always immaculate.

Chatting between songs – good or bad? Silence between songs is a bit disconcerting. Chatter is fine.

Groupies. Would you? We’re all good boys. Only our minds are filthy. So, yes, of course we would . . . But we won’t.

How big is your entourage? Entourage? What are we, Mark Wahlberg?

Have you a special stage wardrobe? Our past is littered with the costumes of yestergig. Notably the boiler suits and facepaint. These days we’re all smart, like.

Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig? Of course! Our egos aren’t going to stroke themselves.

What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you? Just bottles. Empty bottles, disappointingly.

If you could be in any other band, which one? Grizzly Bear. Or a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, or a “runner” for Led Zeppelin.

Who’s invited to your aftershow party? St Vincent. Anthony Kiedis. Slavoj Zizek. Fiona Apple. None have RSVP’d yet. - Irish Times


"What's on your rider? Motorcycle Display Team"

What’s on your rider? Just a few beers and a large bottle of water.

What would be on your fantasy rider? A few better beers (Budvar, 500ml, chilled); a SuperSoaker500 (primed); pretentious gourmet crisps; and an enormous tube of Smarties with all the orange ones removed.

What’s your pre-gig ritual/ routine? Relax, read, chat, watch the other acts, change into our ceremonial robes and chant, 500 crunches, 500 push-ups, a half marathon and we’re ready.

What are your favourite and least favourite venues ? Love The Bird’s Nest in Deptford in London – it’s a good and proper dive with an awesome clientele. Also love The Grand Social and Whelan’s in Dublin, Stables in Mullingar. Dolans in Limerick is great. There are some venues where we’ve had terrible gigs, but when we returned we’ve had a brilliant time, so we figure there are no really awful venues, just awful live experiences.

Most embarrassing on-stage moment? Steve smashing his mouth on the mic (repeatedly) and Mog throwing up after a big dinner. Matthew is always immaculate.

Chatting between songs – good or bad? Silence between songs is a bit disconcerting. Chatter is fine.

Groupies. Would you? We’re all good boys. Only our minds are filthy. So, yes, of course we would . . . But we won’t.

How big is your entourage? Entourage? What are we, Mark Wahlberg?

Have you a special stage wardrobe? Our past is littered with the costumes of yestergig. Notably the boiler suits and facepaint. These days we’re all smart, like.

Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig? Of course! Our egos aren’t going to stroke themselves.

What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you? Just bottles. Empty bottles, disappointingly.

If you could be in any other band, which one? Grizzly Bear. Or a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, or a “runner” for Led Zeppelin.

Who’s invited to your aftershow party? St Vincent. Anthony Kiedis. Slavoj Zizek. Fiona Apple. None have RSVP’d yet. - Irish Times


"Motorcycle Display Team - Captatio Benevolentiae"

‘Capatio Benevolentiae’ is the debut album from English pop-rock (or post-pop as they call themselves) trio Motorcycle Display Team and it is brimming with all the quirkiness and quiet optimism you would likely expect. The title itself comes from a Latin phrase for a way of gaining support by showing someone respect. Second track ‘Better Than Sex’, whilst perhaps not fulfilling its title, is incredibly enjoyable as its lyrics pick at the phrase of the same name, asking who exactly created it, and whether people who have used it have ‘found their fetish’ yet. There is a mixture of the typical spangly guitars and a more distorted tone throughout the record, adding a welcome sense of dimension. Penultimate track ‘A Taste’ is perhaps the best song on the record with its upbeat tempo and self-duelling guitar riff; however vocalist Steven Hinds’ tone seems not to keep up to the energy of the song, until the last few seconds where it breaks into more of an edgy shout. Overall, this record is perhaps not as mind-blowing or classy as its dead language title, but it is by no means poor, and is definitely enjoyable if just for the lyrical humour. 7/10 - Shout4Music.com


"Motorcycle Display Team - Captatio Benevolentiae"

Motorcycle Display Team are an Irish Guitar-Pop/Post-Pop Trio, and Captatio Benevolentiae is their latest release following their 2009 debut EP The Crayon Masterpiece.

The sound is, on spec, appealing and unique. QOTSA voodoo-spice guitar lines mingle with money beats and rhythms translated via the nu-wave swagger of groups like Interpol and Franz Ferdinand, courtesy of a talented rhythm section in Matthew Eyre (Bass Guitar) and Morgan Condon (Drums). Atop this appealing mix sits Vocalist/Guitarist Steve Hinds’ lush falsetto vocal, that hops around with great versatility and playfulness, backed up by some of the tastiest harmonies this side of Motown. The production by Cesar Gimeno Lavin is one of the most impressive of any recent Irish indie releases that we’ve heard. The band have a quirky bounce to them, not unlike UK group Everything Everything via Weezer, so fans of fuzzy-fun and off-kilter nuance would do well to check them out.


Despite having so many positive elements going for them, the band’s elements of quirky playfulness and pop sensibility seem to be at odds with each other. The title of the album kind of sums up what’s wrong here – coherence and accessibility take second place to clever-clever wordplay. As a punter at a gig, we’d be lost hearing this album title (or band name, for that matter) over the PA and the roar of the crowd. If you’re a prog-band, this stuff is almost expected. However, a glance at their bio uses the word “pop” at least three teams, and I don’t care if you prefix it with “post”, pop is pop. Perhaps it’s a play on the shallowness of pop-lyric writing, which is great and all, but somehow gets lost in translation.

Better Than Sex features the lyric “verbal laziness, I can’t abide” – something to which all wordsmiths can relate. This carries over to the songwriting, which sadly leaves the best hooks to the backing vocals as the lead vocalist tries to wrap a melody around the most convuluted lyric this side of a 2nd year Arts student’s refill pad. Don’t get us wrong – we love wordplay, puns and intelligent writing. We love Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Oscar Wilde. However, trying to unrestrainedly crowbar as much purple prose and meta-humour into the context of a three and half minute song as possible doesn’t quite work. As a result, it’s likely the (abundant) musical hooks will stick in your mind rather than the vocal. For the sake of balance, we’d like to point out that many of the lyrics will bring a wry smile to those of you who are into that sort of thing, and display a level of reference and self-awareness that you don’t often find in pop music – regardless of how much they compromise the prosody of the arrangements.


A QUIRKY BUNCH AND NO MISTAKE
It’s a shame because the songs themselves are rather splendid and intricately crafted affairs. The ascending diminished chord runs of new single Brickwall are refreshing to hear in a pop context (at least without Matt Bellamy bombast-ing all over them), and the shifting major/minor harmony of tunes like Cynics in Love lend an edge to the lushly-produced sheen. Beetweenager has a groove to die for and a chorus to match, and is easily the strongest tune on the entire album – its choice as a single no surprise. Other highlights include album openers Breaktown, which kicks things off with alt-rock snarl, and Better than Sex, which has a summery, bouncy feel that’s impossible to ignore.

While it doesn’t always work, there’s nothing else quite like it – which is an accomplishment in itself, especially now that so many talented people in the music industry have abandoned originality to pursue the more lucrative options (I’m sure you all know a gifted muso who now spends every weekend playing Sweet Child Of Mine to drunken punters ‘down the country’). Motorcycle Display Team are a massively talented group bogged down by their ambition, and there are worse complaints. “You there. Hear this” goes one of the PR blurbs on their website. If only the band took the same snappy sensibility when it came to their music. That said, for those with the time to dig, there is gold to be found in this release – and at very least the band is trying to progress with the medium. Just be sure to copy-paste the title of the album before googling it, just in case you find some superhero called Captain Benevolent.

Score: 7.5/10 - Chunk.ie


"Motorcycle Display Team - Captatio Benevolentiae"

Motorcycle Display Team are an Irish Guitar-Pop/Post-Pop Trio, and Captatio Benevolentiae is their latest release following their 2009 debut EP The Crayon Masterpiece.

The sound is, on spec, appealing and unique. QOTSA voodoo-spice guitar lines mingle with money beats and rhythms translated via the nu-wave swagger of groups like Interpol and Franz Ferdinand, courtesy of a talented rhythm section in Matthew Eyre (Bass Guitar) and Morgan Condon (Drums). Atop this appealing mix sits Vocalist/Guitarist Steve Hinds’ lush falsetto vocal, that hops around with great versatility and playfulness, backed up by some of the tastiest harmonies this side of Motown. The production by Cesar Gimeno Lavin is one of the most impressive of any recent Irish indie releases that we’ve heard. The band have a quirky bounce to them, not unlike UK group Everything Everything via Weezer, so fans of fuzzy-fun and off-kilter nuance would do well to check them out.


Despite having so many positive elements going for them, the band’s elements of quirky playfulness and pop sensibility seem to be at odds with each other. The title of the album kind of sums up what’s wrong here – coherence and accessibility take second place to clever-clever wordplay. As a punter at a gig, we’d be lost hearing this album title (or band name, for that matter) over the PA and the roar of the crowd. If you’re a prog-band, this stuff is almost expected. However, a glance at their bio uses the word “pop” at least three teams, and I don’t care if you prefix it with “post”, pop is pop. Perhaps it’s a play on the shallowness of pop-lyric writing, which is great and all, but somehow gets lost in translation.

Better Than Sex features the lyric “verbal laziness, I can’t abide” – something to which all wordsmiths can relate. This carries over to the songwriting, which sadly leaves the best hooks to the backing vocals as the lead vocalist tries to wrap a melody around the most convuluted lyric this side of a 2nd year Arts student’s refill pad. Don’t get us wrong – we love wordplay, puns and intelligent writing. We love Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Oscar Wilde. However, trying to unrestrainedly crowbar as much purple prose and meta-humour into the context of a three and half minute song as possible doesn’t quite work. As a result, it’s likely the (abundant) musical hooks will stick in your mind rather than the vocal. For the sake of balance, we’d like to point out that many of the lyrics will bring a wry smile to those of you who are into that sort of thing, and display a level of reference and self-awareness that you don’t often find in pop music – regardless of how much they compromise the prosody of the arrangements.


A QUIRKY BUNCH AND NO MISTAKE
It’s a shame because the songs themselves are rather splendid and intricately crafted affairs. The ascending diminished chord runs of new single Brickwall are refreshing to hear in a pop context (at least without Matt Bellamy bombast-ing all over them), and the shifting major/minor harmony of tunes like Cynics in Love lend an edge to the lushly-produced sheen. Beetweenager has a groove to die for and a chorus to match, and is easily the strongest tune on the entire album – its choice as a single no surprise. Other highlights include album openers Breaktown, which kicks things off with alt-rock snarl, and Better than Sex, which has a summery, bouncy feel that’s impossible to ignore.

While it doesn’t always work, there’s nothing else quite like it – which is an accomplishment in itself, especially now that so many talented people in the music industry have abandoned originality to pursue the more lucrative options (I’m sure you all know a gifted muso who now spends every weekend playing Sweet Child Of Mine to drunken punters ‘down the country’). Motorcycle Display Team are a massively talented group bogged down by their ambition, and there are worse complaints. “You there. Hear this” goes one of the PR blurbs on their website. If only the band took the same snappy sensibility when it came to their music. That said, for those with the time to dig, there is gold to be found in this release – and at very least the band is trying to progress with the medium. Just be sure to copy-paste the title of the album before googling it, just in case you find some superhero called Captain Benevolent.

Score: 7.5/10 - Chunk.ie


"Motorcycle Display Team - Captatio Benevolentiae"

‘Captatio Benevolentiae’ has been some time in the making from this London based trio and we are certainly into a treat of multifaceted proportions. A quick spot of research informs this reviewer that ‘Captatio Benevolentiae’ is a Latin phrase used to signify an attempt to gain goodwill via means of flattery. Every day is a school day.

We open with ‘Breaktown’ and we are introduced to Motorcycle Display Team with a stormer of a track. It is loud, brash and we immediately learn that this album was not done with half measures. We are going to be flattered, impressed and blown away. ‘Better than Sex’ is, well better than sex. It’s clever, quick witted and in Hinds we have a front man that has vocals to rival the very best; Josh Homme and Matt Bellamy best be watching their backs. ‘The Best Ex You Ever Had’ continues in the same vein, a sultry, sexy, velvety track that just oozes confidence and you can’t help but wonder how this group has yet to be catapulted into the mainstream. It’s tantalisingly close and on the basis of this, cannot be far away.

‘Summerbomb’ is a little emerald of indie-pop goodness, with harmony aplenty and sweet references to The Cure throughout, the pacing of the track is a little higher than the first two and this carries over to Zigfrid pt2.which is a punchy, addictive track that echoes Modest Mouse. It’s odd naming so many different influences of such differing styles but this is what this record is. There is a veritable music rainbow on display here. With ‘The Arguers’ we slow down briefly and Hind’s voice somehow morphs into Ben Gibbard, with an eerily similar delicacy. A track of epic proportions hid right in the middle of the album, a space normally reserved for the weaker tracks. Yet this album has no weak links.

With ‘Betweenager’ we have a lovely two door-esque love song, full of bouncy guitars, snappy drum-work with Hind’s impressive vocals a recurring theme throughout this record. There may be an overabundance of indie-pop groups but I think we can make room for one more. ‘Brickwall’ and ‘Cynics in Love’ are up next and immediately the masterful Incubus album ‘A Crow Left of the Murder’ comes to mind. These tracks maintain a high tempo that keeps the listener hooked. The production values throughout are impeccable and when you learn that Cesar Gimeno Lavin; who has worked with the likes of Modest Mouse, White Lies and pop superstar Kylie Minogue mixed the record, you quickly understand how tight this record really is. A debut should not be this good.

‘A Taste’ is an absolute floor filler, the key changes are executed to perfection. Nothing feels tired or forced, the band are never struggling to keep you interested. There is a clear structure to this album and Motorcycle Display Team ensures the record is rock solid, extremely well-polished effort.

We close with “Ocean Eyes’ which captures a beautiful meandering electric guitar that Interpol so effortlessly made their own. As the song mutates, it starts to resemble something more like the Queens of the Stone Age with Steven Hind’s vocal proficiency comparable to Jeff Buckley. What a song to finish the album with. Motorcycle Display Team have managed to create a record that hops, skips and jumps through a smorgasbord of musical styles and is is hugely impressive to possess such versatility. It’s revelatory how good it is. Go buy. Go listen. Go enjoy. - Chordblossom


"Motorcycle Display Team - Captatio Benevolentiae"

Motorcycle Display Team - Captatio Benevolentiae

It was the release of The Crayon Masterpiece EP back in early 2010 that first introduced the UK to Motorcycle Display Team, and ever since the band has been working up to a point where they can take a leap and release their debut album Captatio Benevolentiae. Well the time has come...

The album has been unveiled and the result is a collection of varying styles and inspirations. Fusing together a fluctuating degree of style elements such as disco, pop, indie, punk and rock to makes their own unique post-pop outlet. The album kicks off with the hard hitting drums and bass of Breaktown, that progresses with some unexpected twists. There are a few rockier tracks in The Best Ex You Ever Had, with its pulsating strong guitar focus and the crashing and pounding of Zigfrid Part Two, both expressing a tougher feel, while Brick Wall takes this one step further with its darker layer buried beneath the bouncy exterior.

Summerbomb and Betweenager are brighter tunes, guitars bouncier and a lighter mood expressed with the latter having quite a bounce in its step. Better Than Sex has more of a rhythm, a flowing guitar melody with a catchier chorus and some backing harmonies while Cynics In Love has quite a melody growing out of the vocal and music combination which catches the ear. As the album comes to its final song however, things are rounded off wonderfully and in a way that no other song has hit upon.

The vocalist has the ability to alter his vocal capabilities depending on what each track requires; something lighter for poppier numbers or tougher tones for more rugged songs. The lyrics he sings are creative and for much of the time appear to have a story to tell which captures a listener's attention as the music accompanies the words rather than overpowers it.

Motorcycle Display Team is a band capable of experimenting within a collection of styles and this album demonstrates this well. - Room Thirteen


"Motorcycle Display Team - Captatio Benevolentiae"

Motorcycle Display Team - Captatio Benevolentiae

It was the release of The Crayon Masterpiece EP back in early 2010 that first introduced the UK to Motorcycle Display Team, and ever since the band has been working up to a point where they can take a leap and release their debut album Captatio Benevolentiae. Well the time has come...

The album has been unveiled and the result is a collection of varying styles and inspirations. Fusing together a fluctuating degree of style elements such as disco, pop, indie, punk and rock to makes their own unique post-pop outlet. The album kicks off with the hard hitting drums and bass of Breaktown, that progresses with some unexpected twists. There are a few rockier tracks in The Best Ex You Ever Had, with its pulsating strong guitar focus and the crashing and pounding of Zigfrid Part Two, both expressing a tougher feel, while Brick Wall takes this one step further with its darker layer buried beneath the bouncy exterior.

Summerbomb and Betweenager are brighter tunes, guitars bouncier and a lighter mood expressed with the latter having quite a bounce in its step. Better Than Sex has more of a rhythm, a flowing guitar melody with a catchier chorus and some backing harmonies while Cynics In Love has quite a melody growing out of the vocal and music combination which catches the ear. As the album comes to its final song however, things are rounded off wonderfully and in a way that no other song has hit upon.

The vocalist has the ability to alter his vocal capabilities depending on what each track requires; something lighter for poppier numbers or tougher tones for more rugged songs. The lyrics he sings are creative and for much of the time appear to have a story to tell which captures a listener's attention as the music accompanies the words rather than overpowers it.

Motorcycle Display Team is a band capable of experimenting within a collection of styles and this album demonstrates this well. - Room Thirteen


"Motorcycle Display Team Interview"

As London-based trio Motorcycle Display Team prepare for a series of live dates around the country, including the music-news underground night in Edinburgh’s Maggie’s Chambers on April 23rd, music-news.com reporter Susan Ford caught up with the band to talk lyrics, self-released EPs and melodious, vocal-driven pop music.

Who are Motorcycle Display Team and what's your story?

Steve: Motorcycle Display Team is a threeo. We’re all Londonders but Mog’s a Dubliner, I’m a Bletchleyite and Matt’s a Wellingtonian. We met up on the London live music scene when we were all looking for other inspiring musicians to make something a little bit special and I think we found it. We’ve been going about 2 and a half years and our own sound is finally rearing its pretty little head.
Mog: I think MDT is the sum of it’s parts- three individuals from different places that have met in the right environment that they feel comfortable to express themselves in, which is both London and the band. I’ve been in bands since I was 16 and have probably been in more bands than I should have been as I should have known better before committing to some of them.

Describe your music for those who are yet to hear it?

Steve: I think we’re best described as melodious, vocal-driven power-pop. We get through lots of angular twists, jaunty turns and the occasional crashing break, but we keep the central thrust toward hook-laden, accessible tunes that reward multiple listens.
Matt: A song is a forum for all of us to express ourselves, so the end product is not so much an intentionally derived 'sound' as the natural music that comes from the place where the three of us meet, musically speaking. Listening to Motorcycle Display Team with this in mind, I think the influences shine through.
Mog: I think we’re focused on the importance of a melody as opposed to adapting a specific style. You can definitely sing along with the songs and in some cases, have a good old boogie too!

How do you go about penning lyrics and writing songs?

Steve: Well to begin with most of our tracks came from my solo back-catalogue but these days we all bring in tunes and ideas to work with. Then we take the good ones and jam them out a bit in the studio until we have the skeleton structure. Then I take the ideas home and write the vocal melody then set it to lyrics. We all have pretty distinctive songwriting styles and it occasionally results in an eclectic mix. We have a set of crunchy post-punk and a set of sparkling pop and it’s a challenge to put vocals to a tune you haven’t written. I can sometimes struggle with Matt’s off-beat compositions but with perseverance the result is usually quite rewarding. By contrast Mog usually has an idea of the vocal when he brings his ideas in so it’s more straightforward.
Mog: as Steve said!
Matt: Each song is unique and comes from a particular experience. The idea of writing a song according to a formula is anathema to me.

Tell me about the crayon masterpiece e.p...

Steve: We collected the best of our early recordings that we made with our producer and silent 4th member in-waiting, Jack Elphick. Jack’s an amazing and innovative guitarist and on Crayon Masterpiece he wrote some lovely guitar parts to colour the scenery. We got a friend of ours to design the cool cover art, which is a manipulated photograph of the band hanging from a cliff made to look like a watercolour painting.
Mog: We decided instead of shopping it around different companies and organizations, waiting for a label to release the EP, that we would release it ourselves on our own label. This has proved to be rewarding to us as musicians as it means we have full control of what we release and when we release stuff. Plus, in light of today’s environment, for a band like ours to sign a deal right now could be career suicide. By doing it this way, we can reach out to people the way we want to and not worry about being dropped if our releases don’t get to number one on every chart.
Matt: If you don't buy it off itunes in the immediate future you will never be able to claim to have discovered MDT before everyone else without secretly feeling like a charlatan.

Where do you draw influence in lyric and content?

Steve: The lyrics usually come from any old idea off the top of my head while I’m jamming melodies, and then I expand the theme and edit the wording until I’m satisfied my metaphors are not too clunky and the message isn’t trite. Sometimes I might start out intending to write a targeted political song and I get gently swayed by rhymes that occur to me until the meaning has become a small, everyday observation. I’m not very disciplined so I go wherever an idea takes me until I have enough material to trim. So many things get dropped because they don’t fit that I always have a huge pile of snippets like cuttings waiting to be nurtured into their own mature plant.

Who is your favourite live act to see as a fan yourself?

Steve: I’ve se - Music News


"Motorcycle Display Team Review"

London based three piece put together indie pop with style; lead track Worry Wings balances an angular riff with little flourishes here and there and Steven Hinds vocal that has a whiff of Tom McRae re-imagined as a winsome band leader. What impresses most is the garnish on the song, the use of backing vocals and quirky segways.

Firecracker has a driving drum-line but a somewhat anonymous tune, it's a pretty pleasant pop song, but there's a touch of familiarty to its sound without recalling anything that particularly impresessed in the first place. That's probably too harsh a judgment for the song in some respects, as it's not bad per se, it just brings little to the table (though some great choral backing vocals lend a hint of the grand).

Rolling drums and an impending bass-line herald the arrival of Beneath The Flowerbeds, whilst Hinds winds up sounding a bit like The Monkees' front-man Davy Jones in so much as there's a wide-eyed, retro charm to his vocal (that's not a slight, I like The Monkees). This sense of nostalgia jambalayed with indie-pop sensibility reminds me of The Bluetones, there's a similiar likability to Motorcycle Display Team, though this EP primer doesn't offer any potential break-out singles a la Slight Return it is a nice introduction to an interesting new band.
- God Is In the TV


"Motorcycle Display Team Review"

London based three piece put together indie pop with style; lead track Worry Wings balances an angular riff with little flourishes here and there and Steven Hinds vocal that has a whiff of Tom McRae re-imagined as a winsome band leader. What impresses most is the garnish on the song, the use of backing vocals and quirky segways.

Firecracker has a driving drum-line but a somewhat anonymous tune, it's a pretty pleasant pop song, but there's a touch of familiarty to its sound without recalling anything that particularly impresessed in the first place. That's probably too harsh a judgment for the song in some respects, as it's not bad per se, it just brings little to the table (though some great choral backing vocals lend a hint of the grand).

Rolling drums and an impending bass-line herald the arrival of Beneath The Flowerbeds, whilst Hinds winds up sounding a bit like The Monkees' front-man Davy Jones in so much as there's a wide-eyed, retro charm to his vocal (that's not a slight, I like The Monkees). This sense of nostalgia jambalayed with indie-pop sensibility reminds me of The Bluetones, there's a similiar likability to Motorcycle Display Team, though this EP primer doesn't offer any potential break-out singles a la Slight Return it is a nice introduction to an interesting new band.
- God Is In the TV


"It's a Family Affair"

My wife is Irish, but has absolutely no interest in football or rugby. This can be a point of contention in our home, especially during the 6 Nations or the upcoming football qualifiers. No, sport does not interest her at all. Music, however, does. My mandolin solos and my CD collection so impressed her, that she decided to sign up for a life of joint taxes!

I have to point out that her family is full of musicians of all genres: it's a well known fact that the Celtic soul is fed by music. Her dad plays many instruments, one of her sisters is a pianist and her uncles and cousins (of which there are many), also play in various groups.

Coming back to her cousins, I have just discovered one of them, Morgan Condon, is a drummer with the London-based "Motorcycle Display Team". This relatively unknown group (at least in my area) looks really promising. Here is a video for their latest single "Worry Wings": polished and shiny Pop, with calculated simplicity. The result is a powerful trio with great potential and a singer whose voice reminds me of Kelly Jones from Stereophonics.

I am very much looking forward to the future family reunion. If I'm not as good a musician as my Irish friends, then I'd hope at least to be able to talk football without having to lower my head!

Motorcycle Display Team - "Worry Wings" (2009)


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- Ultramagnetique


"Motorcycle Display Team 'The Crayon Masterpiece'"

Elegantly formed and competently delivered, ‘The Crayon Masterpiece,’ debut EP from London trio Motorcycle Display Team, brings a veritable tonne of melodious hooks and jaunty guitar work to the realm of British Pop rock ; with a deceptively laid back delivery, these lads channel a catalogue of influences into something toe-tappingly endearing. One can sense the abrasive, raw undercurrent concealed beneath these bright and poppy ditties, but the band, who have been active for the past eighteen months under the name of Sancho Panza, always keep the emphasis on ear friendly tones and vocals, commercially viable while retaining enough substance and bite to be of interest more seasoned or jaded listeners. While running along similar lines to enough upcoming and established bands to form a chain all the way to the moon and back multiple times, frontman Stephen Hinds’ vocals set the band apart somewhat in their thoughtful, measured approach and at times Matt Bellamy-esque use of dynamics , and with plenty of time and scope for development, there’s no sign of consignment to the voluminous ‘could have been’ graveyard of the UK music community. Overall then, promising stuff, and it’s worth taking a gander at MDT’s myspace where all four tracks are online.
- Rock Pulse


"Motorcycle Display Team 'The Crayon Masterpiece'"

Elegantly formed and competently delivered, ‘The Crayon Masterpiece,’ debut EP from London trio Motorcycle Display Team, brings a veritable tonne of melodious hooks and jaunty guitar work to the realm of British Pop rock ; with a deceptively laid back delivery, these lads channel a catalogue of influences into something toe-tappingly endearing. One can sense the abrasive, raw undercurrent concealed beneath these bright and poppy ditties, but the band, who have been active for the past eighteen months under the name of Sancho Panza, always keep the emphasis on ear friendly tones and vocals, commercially viable while retaining enough substance and bite to be of interest more seasoned or jaded listeners. While running along similar lines to enough upcoming and established bands to form a chain all the way to the moon and back multiple times, frontman Stephen Hinds’ vocals set the band apart somewhat in their thoughtful, measured approach and at times Matt Bellamy-esque use of dynamics , and with plenty of time and scope for development, there’s no sign of consignment to the voluminous ‘could have been’ graveyard of the UK music community. Overall then, promising stuff, and it’s worth taking a gander at MDT’s myspace where all four tracks are online.
- Rock Pulse


"Live Review, Maggies Chambers"

The second set this evening comes from out-of-towners Motorcycle Display Team as they play the first night of their Scottish debut tour. Motorcycle Display Team’s lead singer Steve provides phenomenal vocals, reaching soaring notes and incorporating quirky lyrics. Manic drumming and literally air-shattering bass lines complete the line up, and prove how tight an act these Londoners really are. Fancy dress costumes, free 'Crayon Masterpiece’ EPs and brilliant chat, Motorcycle Display Team are just the perfect package to accompany the first Music-News Underground show. - Music News


"Live Review, Maggies Chambers"

The second set this evening comes from out-of-towners Motorcycle Display Team as they play the first night of their Scottish debut tour. Motorcycle Display Team’s lead singer Steve provides phenomenal vocals, reaching soaring notes and incorporating quirky lyrics. Manic drumming and literally air-shattering bass lines complete the line up, and prove how tight an act these Londoners really are. Fancy dress costumes, free 'Crayon Masterpiece’ EPs and brilliant chat, Motorcycle Display Team are just the perfect package to accompany the first Music-News Underground show. - Music News


"Motorcycle Display Team @ Cosmopol"

The highlight set this evening comes from out-of-towners Motorcycle Display Team as they play the second night of their Scottish debut tour. Motorcycle Display Team’s lead singer Steve provides phenomenal vocals, reaching soaring notes and incorporating quirky lyrics. Manic drumming and literally air-shattering bass lines complete the line up, and prove how tight an act these Londoners really are. Fancy dress costumes, free ‘Crayon Masterpiece’ EPs and brilliant chat, Motorcycle Display Team are just the perfect package to accompany the Ugly Child Record show. - Glasgow Music


"Motorcycle Display Team @ Cosmopol"

The highlight set this evening comes from out-of-towners Motorcycle Display Team as they play the second night of their Scottish debut tour. Motorcycle Display Team’s lead singer Steve provides phenomenal vocals, reaching soaring notes and incorporating quirky lyrics. Manic drumming and literally air-shattering bass lines complete the line up, and prove how tight an act these Londoners really are. Fancy dress costumes, free ‘Crayon Masterpiece’ EPs and brilliant chat, Motorcycle Display Team are just the perfect package to accompany the Ugly Child Record show. - Glasgow Music


Discography

The Crayon Masterpiece EP (2009, Rocinante Recordings)
Captatio Benevolentiae, (2012, ISI Media Ltd.)
Letters of Last Resort EP (2015, ISI Media Ltd. )

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Bio

Motorcycle Display Team is an alt rock and roll band that makes songs full of melodic vocal twists and driving rhythms you just have to dance to.

To date they’ve released two EPs (‘The Crayon Masterpiece’ 2009 and ‘Letters of Last Resort’ 2015), one LP (Captatio Benevolentiae, 2012) and they have constantly toured the UK, Ireland and beyond since 2008.

MDT is constantly praised for an honest, candid and energetic live act from which they wring every drop of pathos.

They have always impressed at festivals, receiving some lovely reviews. Bowie, Zeppelin, Buckley, QOTSA and the Manics are artists that frequently crop up by comparison and the band are very happy to be placed in such company.

MDT is Steve Hinds (vocals, guitar), Jim Chapman (bass) and Morgan Condon (drums).

MDT’s style is broad, but they build songs using soaring vocals, melodic hooks and unexpected ticks, all woven together in tight rhythm and delivered with a wink and a snarl. Steve’s pen doesn't discriminate. His lyrics tackle themes from kidnap to creationism, mental illness to misanthropy, patriotism to penis envy. The songs are often reflective of the trials of life but always engaging. All this weight is tempered with a dark sense of humour which runs vividly throughout the songs.

Notable achievements for MDT include Absolute Radio's “Unsigned Band Of The Week”, plays on BBC 6 Music Introducing, XFM, BBC London 94.9, Music Week, Right Chord Music’s “Band Of The Week”, Emerging Icons, God Is In The TV and Room Thirteen coverage. Also, their music has been featured on TV shows in the UK and USA.

In 2015, MDT had the honour of touring in support of legendary The Crazy World of Arthur Brown followed by My Life Story. These tours resulted in MDT’s live reputation spreading and a buzz continuing to grow around them.

2016 has been spent working on their new album….expect to hear a lot from MDT in 2017!



Hotpress Review - "A touch of Neil Hannon peeks happily through on A Taste, the innately quirky new single from London power poppers Motorcycle Display Team, taken from debut album Captatio Benevolentiae, released late last year. Over three-and-a-half memorable minutes, twee melodies and a funk-influenced bassline take the edge off of the somersaulting guitars. Vocalist Steven Hinds injects a little growl into proceedings."

Simon Li, Emerging Icons  Brickwall Quirky indie pop well produced with very accomplished playing. Slightly reminiscent of latter period XTC as if theyd just heard Muse for the first time. Intriguing. Definite approval from me.

Pete Donaldson, XFM Brickwall A really joyful track. The greatest glam-rock track the Divine Comedy never wrote.

Sarah Champion, Absolute Radio Betweenager Loved this instantly, really uplifting pop with a rocky edge and jam packed with catchy hooks. Sunday Night Music Clubs pick of the week


Chordblossom,com (4/5) "MDT have managed to create a record that hops, skips and jumps through a smorgasbord of musical styles and is hugely impressive to possess such versatility. It's revelatory how good it is. Go buy. Go listen. Go enjoy."
Chunk.ie (7.5/10) "......a talented rhythm section in Matthew Eyre (Bass Guitar) and Morgan Condon (Drums). Atop this appealing mix sits Vocalist/Guitarist Steve Hinds lush falsetto vocal, that hops around with great versatility and playfulness, backed up by some of the tastiest harmonies this side of Motown"
Right Chord Music "The album entirely captivates and through its catchy choruses and shrewd velvety lyrics, keeps you engaged for hours"
The Irish Daily Star (3/5) "An infectious enough blend of art-rock and punk funk to make you want to listen to it again."


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