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The Motorleague at Distortion

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The Motorleague

From: Moncton, New Brunswick
Performed: 1am, Saturday May 26th, 2012. Distortion







Pre-show hype: The Motorleague recently won the 2012 Independent Music Awards punk song of the year for Good Men and will be releasing their 2nd studio full length album, “Acknowledge, Acknowledge,” in the fall.

Crowd: The bar wasn’t packed full, but it was no where near empty either. There were a few regulars, but it was pretty evident that most of the people in attendance were there to see The Motorleague.

Style: They have described themselves as “Thin Lizzy on speed,” which is a great comparison as these guys write catchy tunes that stick in your head for days, and always take on the stage with a ridiculous amount of energy.

Technicalities: The first three or four tunes presented a bunch of issues. They ran into drum troubles as the kick drum kept slipping forward, and the guitar amp blew shortly into the set as well, but Don decided to sing on through the songs without the guitar. Many people didn’t even seem to notice the commotion happening on stage as people scrambled to fix these issues.

Memorable moment: Don announcing that it was Nathan’s last show with the band. Despite several changes in bassists and drummers, Nathan has been playing guitar for the band since it’s formation and many were shocked to hear the news that he is leaving.

Mentionable song: “Hymn For The Newly Departed” is always the song that captures the most attention from the audience and of course, this night was no different. People who are unfamiliar with the song still feel compelled to sing along with the “ba ba ba” part of the chorus, and by the end of the song most of the crowd had ventured towards the stage to sing along with the band.

Total Rank: 8/10. They had a rough start, but yet still delivered a solid set and just seemed to get better and better as the set rolled on and the crowd got more involved.

By: Christa Cram

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