Conceived in a Tacoma warehouse by creative mastermind Daniel Blue, Motopony is the essence of folk n’ roll on fire with poetic passion. Singer, artist, writer and ex-fashion designer, Blue joined forces with Seattle hip-hop producer Buddy Ross, spawning the release of their ‘09 self-titled debut. Still in the musical shadows, the pair finally gained some well-deserved hype when lead guitarist Brantley Cady and drummer Thomas Williams joined, unleashing the full-fledged intensity of what is Motopony.
Blue and his crew showcased their ripe talent live at West Seattle’s Easy Street Records for KEXP’s Hood to Hood 2010 Challenge. Opening with Starsailor’s psychedelic anthem “Alcoholic,” the 4-piece set the stage with mad delirium. Between the heaviness of the song’s theme and the fact that it was 7:30 a.m., the room overcame with a hallucinatory energy as Blue sang with wild-eyed passion, screaming his last notes as if his last. “Euphoria” brought in a sweeping calm with Blue picking up his three E-string guitar to parallel his twangy voice. Finishing with “Get Down,” the slow-fast frenzy of what seems like five songs in one, KEXP couldn’t have picked a better band to kick off the all-day local music celebration.
Catch Motopony at the Chop Suey Tuesday, May 25 at 8 p.m. Word has it Daniel Johnston’s former manager and now distribution and marketing manager is flying out from Austin, Texas to personally check the guys out. So show your support for local music and rock out to a full show. You can also support Motopony by pledging to their new project for the release of their upcoming summer EP, Wait For Me. If the guys can meet their pledge goal, they’ll press 500 limited edition 12″ vinyl records, personalized and signed just for you.