MOTORCADE are a band from Dallas who have a very British sound.
The album arrived on vinyl format and the edgy, almost bleak artwork led to instant feelings of intrigue.
The opening track Walk with Me is very close to Joy Division. It’s atmospheric, urgent, with wallowing riffs – worthy of a band who have been on the go for decades.
Indeed, the members of MOTORCADE bring years of experience. Andrew Huffstetler (Voice), Henderson (Guitar, Keyboards, Voice), John Dufilho (Bass, Voice), and Jeff Ryan (Drums) – have previously recorded and/or been in touring bands with St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Daniel Johnston, The Apples in Stereo and Pleasant Grove to name but a few.
With 11 songs crammed into 40 minutes the album is a complete masterpiece from start to finish, with consistently solid tunes, blending together perfectly. When the Hit Comes is catchy and melodramatic – the perfect soundtrack to the much-anticipated summer months. Other stand out tracks include Recover – a free-flowing, happy Britpop sounding tune reminiscent of standing in a mud filled field around two decades ago. While Overthrown, is a distinct nod to the synth bands of the 80s.
On Desertion, Huffstetler’s chilling vocals give way to a beautifully crafted song – echoing Depeche Mode and new wave, with a hint of Ride in there for good measure.
With demanding guitars and swirling melodies, CP80 is up there and perhaps a subtle nudge to lost love. With lyrics such as “the hour of need of a broken past”, the song wreaks of heartache but has a surprising inspirational chorus. Again, the same goes for Long Telegraph, full of regrets but with an uplifting feel. The drums make this tune.
With their insistent guitars and beautifully breezy choruses, the songs on this album, melt into one. But the record also showcases their previous musicianship. It is clear they’re their own band in their own right, contributing to a truly modern, sharp and exciting new sound.
Motocade’s self-titled album is out now on Idol Records. The track listing is as follows…
01. Walk With Me
03. When The Hit Comes
08. Long Telegram
10. Not Too Dark
11. Contact Light