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"Local disc - Motorflower"

Idaho Statesman
Edition Date: 08/01/08

Under the Daisy


Motorflower is a hard-rocking outlet for the quartet's members. Singer-guitarist Nathan Jay Moody is known as a blues-loving guitar whiz, and guitarist Steve Fulton is a singer-songwriter, among many things, in his other life. Here's their chance to release a little testosterone: Motorflower describes itself as "a deliberate hard playing four-piece combo with pop sensibility."

Driven by melodic guitar grit and the regular use of backing vocal harmonies, Motorflower's CD sometimes feels like a '90s throwback. "Pray For Zero" - which showcases guitar fretboard skills mid-song while the rest of the guys headbang to a loose, fist-pumping riff - almost sounds like it was plucked from the "Singles" soundtrack.

That song and several others were written or co-written by drummer Stephen Hall, who played with Fulton for years in popular local reggae-rock group Hoi Polloi. The disc's high point is a dreamy, feedback-tinged cover of "6:43," a melodramatic, memorable local tune penned years ago by another veteran Boise musician, Thom Keithly (who is not in this band.) With Motorflower, you get fragments of the Boise music scene's past, present and, possibly, future.

Michael Deeds
- The Idaho Statesman


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Motorflower began in Boise,Idaho - 1997. Stephen Hall and Steven Fulton go way back playing the club scene in their late teens. In 1989, they formed the all original band House of Hoi Polloi in San Diego California. Throughout the 90's the band released 4 full-length discs and an EP. They also opened for bands such as The Smithereens, Los Lobos, The Neville Brothers, The Beat Farmers, Jimmy Cliff, Widespread Panic, The Samples, and actually shared the stage with actor Bruce Willis for a set. House of Hoi Polloi was even mentioned in The Rolling Stone as one of the Northwest region's bands to watch. Steven Fulton made it to the national talent show "Star Search" playing one of House of Hoi Polloi's songs as a solo act (He made it to the second round - Laughs!) After Stephen Hall left the house in late 96' (A very friendly departure), he went to college, joined a band that happened to open for Modest Mouse, wrote a bucketload of rock songs and eventually started Motorflower. As for the Hoi Guys, they continued for several more years playing SXSW, opening for Big Head Todd, Fishbone and some others. After too long Steven Fulton started some solo stuff and ended up opening for Tori Amos, The Wallflowers, and John Hiatt by himself with just he and his acoustic. Motorflower played several gigs, once opening for The Fixx, but kept with the all - important writing before they were going to go great gun's a blarin'. Stephen Hall eventually moved out east where there were more opportunities. After wives, kids, and school tempered off, Motorflower comes out with a 5 song EP inspired with a pocket of influences from Led Zeppelin, The Cult, Foo Fighters, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Several songs even have an occasional country twang. The band itself has years of experience. Experience in live performance, songwrting, and also being humble and modest about themselves and their history, makes them rather unique in today's music scene. Cutting edge? No. Motorflower is a driving rock-n-roll band just telling it the way they've seen it.