We set the timer and snuggle in with our favorite new bands in the Impound’s version of speed dating with a killer-diller soundtrack.
It’s finally happening to me
The thing I just had to believe
It will be seven years in June
I knew my time was coming soon
Throughout the glimmering, seductive self-titled debut (released May 24) from Seattle’s Motopony, the sense of the possible looms, hope and promise perhaps fleeting but manifest despite all the water under the bridge and detritus collected on our banks. It’s also a freakin’ catchy rock joint, full of icy charm, slinky riffs and one of the most intoxicating new vocalists to hit in a spell. Diversity is the rule, but each shape-shifting segment is infused with sincerity, cleverness and a lean musical sensibility that’s rich but never bloated. This is a band carving out their own sound, even as they faintly echo some choice antecedents like Aztec Camera (“King of Diamonds”), early Brian Eno (“Seer”) and Dr. Dog (“I Am My Body”). Motopony is on the way to something and their searching is absorbing and passionate enough to make one want to grab their satchel and join them on the road to…wherever.
We caught up with lead singer-songwriter Daniel Blue to dig into the band’s zeitgeist (and y’all can catch the band on a pile of newly announced dates in September and October).