The Motorleague

Black Noise

Written by: PP on 03/06/2009 13:07:57

In recent years pure rock 'n' roll releases have become more or less a rarity on our review lists. You wouldn't imagine that such a timeless genre would ever fall out of fashion, but so it has, consequently resulting in less and less such bands arriving on our review lists. The Motorleague is precisely the type of band that I've been missing on my review list, a rowdy, dirty rock n roll outfit without the slightest tinge of metal in it. Their new record "Black Noise" is ROCK in the purest sense of the word; punked up, high-tempo, groovy, riff-oriented and aggressive rock 'n' roll with a simultaneous penchant for catchy melodies. Me like.

Essentially, The Motorleague sound like the polar opposite of the image-conscious emo bands that we've been plagued with for the better part of this decade. This is the sound of real rock 'n' roll, it is a sound that on first listen screams of no concern for things like marketing, Myspace plays, or none of that crap that doesn't really have anything to do with rock music. Think of the way how Lemmy of Motörhead emits that attitude on every line, or the way how Dave Grohl is a rock star in the traditional sense. That's how I'd describe songs like "Big Times", "Fossils" (which starts with a Wolfmother-esque guitar drive), "The Ones You've Left Behind" and others, they sound like Foo Fighters meets Motörhead and QOTSA in a massive explosion of rock energy.

The best song on the record is "Let It Go", an aggressively rumbling punk 'n' roll track full of angry yelling and smash hotel rooms-type attitude. The latter is a vibe omnipresent throughout the album; that dangerous, out-of-control feeling that these days only appears on chaos hardcore records like Converge or The Dillinger Escape Plan. The band does go a little softer on a few tracks like "You Wear Me Down" and "Series Vs Parallel" - these two songs feature cleaner vocals and catchier guitar/vocal interplays, and are the ones that really remind you of the earliest Foo Fighters material (think "Stacked Actors" etc), except even at their softest, The Motorleague is much sleazier and dirtier, and I suppose you could say heavier as well. So if you're at all tired of the pretentiousness of today's music genres, "Black Noise" is exactly the album that'll make you think traditional rock hasn't died just yet.


Download: Let It Go, You Wear Me Down, Big Times
For the fans of: Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Velvet Revolver, Wolfmother
Listen: Myspace

Release date 19.05.2009
Forward Music Group

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