“A Thursday night in Fredericton is worth any Friday night in any other city.”
I’m not sure if that was simply meant to ramp up the crowd at The Capital watching The Motorleague or if it was a sincere observation. Something tells me that it was sincere. The Motorleague are from Moncton and have played in Fredericton a lot, years ago in various forms (The Ditchpigs, Hope) and now (after many line-up changes) as The Motorleague.
I’m back in Fredericton and finding my place back in the music scene which has transformed since I was here six years ago. I guess it’s more of a rotation rather than a transformation. My generation of punks and rock n’ rollers have graduated to folk and indie music while others have just left the scene altogether. It’s all a part of the cycle of the music scene life because this needs to happen in order to make room for younger musicians and music fans. Fredericton is not big enough to hold multiple generations of music.
I attended a show a couple of weeks ago and the audience was a nice mix of old generation and new. It certainly depends on what bands are playing which crowds will come out. The Motorleague seem to bridge that gap seamlessly because their music is relevant yet still appeals to our aging generation who doesn’t want to let go of youth. I know we’re not that old but when you think about Fredericton 10 years ago, the kids that were attending all ages shows are now old enough to go to the bars and have been for a few years.
I’ve been a Motorleague fan since I first discovered they existed, which to be completely honest wasn’t all that long ago. Living in Japan sometimes is quite literally like living in a bubble. Every once in a while some Western pop culture sneaks in but only after ruthless scrutinizing by Japanese media moguls. Most of the time, if it doesn’t have to do with Paris Hilton or Tom Cruise you have to actively seek out pop culture on your own and that in itself can be a full time job. It was during one of my whats-going-on-in-Canadian-music moments that I stumbled upon this:
If you’re not Canadian you’re probably not going to understand what this video is all about and I’m not going to take the time to explain in more than one word. That one word is “history”.
I was excited to interview one of the members of The Motorleague for the publication I write for but unfortunately it didn’t get published thanks to miscommunication and delays but I thought that it deserved some sort of publication anyway so I’m posting it here.
They come a long way from their days as The Ditchpigs. The Motorleague have seen a number of band members come and go but have managed to keep their momentum despite the line-up changes.
Fresh off a tour with Ontario punk rockers, The Flatliners Moncton based rockers, The Motorleague are now ready for two more months of touring in both Canada and the US with rock and roll quartet, The Balconies.
This year The Motorleague released Acknowledge, Acknowledge their follow up to Black Noise, which Don Levandier (vocalist) says was actually recorded six months after Black Noise. “We went through record hell,” says Levandier, “we changed almost every single member [of the band] and we wrote the van off by hitting a deer.” Despite the stress that the new album may have caused Levandier says that in the end it was worth it.
Despite obvious raw talent and lots of National Canadian love from critics and fans a like, Levandier remains humble, “I don’t think of us as a great band musically. [We’re] straightforward punky rock n’ roll but people can actually see that we want to be up [on stage].”
The Motorleague were also able to get their first taste of Europe this year when they played in Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Although they enjoyed their time there (despite an unfortunate pickpocketing incident) all members of The Motorleague are pretty dedicated to their East Coast roots and don’t plan to move out of Moncton. “I’m in love with the East Coast lifestyle,” says Levandier.
Besides world audio domination, The Motorleague want to continue touring (with a bigger van), record another record and keep making YouTube videos. If you haven’t had a chance, check out their rock and roll versions of Canada’s infamous Heritage Minutes. Congratulations are in order for taking home five Music New Brunswick Awards.