The Motorleague is motoring into Halifax to play a show at Gus’ Pub on June 12, in honour of today's release date of their newest album Acknowledge, Acknowledge. After three years, the band’s excited to finally be putting out a follow-up to their 2009 debut album Black Noise.
“Our last one was very much the same, start to finish. This one is a little bit more relaxed and we’re very relieved it’s going to finally be coming out,” says Don Levandier, the band’s lead vocalist, guitar player and main songwriter.
And its no wonder, they’re relieved to release it. Levandier calls the process of making it “record hell” and mentions the band has gone through 10-16 band member changes in the past three years because of it.
As a result, the album itself will feature seven different musicians, including the band’s four current members, bassist Shawn Chaisson, drummer Francis Landry, guitarist Nathan Jones and of course, Levandier himself.
“We’ve had the same line-up for over a year now, which is the longest we’ve had a solid line-up,” says Levandier. Despite any change-ups though, he describes the band as being “almost family” and it sounds like they’re a goofy one.
With a YouTube channel which includes videos of their own musical versions of Heritage Minutes and parodies of Golden Girls episodes, it’s pretty evident these guys know how to have a good time.
Levandier describes their Golden Girls episodes as “one of the seven worst things on YouTube”, but he explains these videos are mainly time-fillers during long drives to venues and ways to kill boredom, while indulging his "weird" side. His comfortableness with his goofy side exudes a maturity and coolness, which seems to have helped the band have fun, even during the gruelling three year album-making process.
And now the band will be bringing their goofiness to Gus’, which they say is one of their favourite venues to play in Atlantic Canada and they’re even bringing along friends.
Joining The Motorleague will be a band from Montreal called BCASA—which stands for Bill Cosby Anarchist’s Society of America. Known for bringing the laughs, BCASA is currently on a mission to be sued by Nickelodeon and is releasing an album which they're calling Fuck You Shredder, both decisions supported by their record label Stomp Records.
“They’re almost like old Beastie Boys, it sounds like rap but not rap-rap more punky-rap, but yeah they’re one of the coolest bands we’ve ever seen,” says Levandier. After The Motorleague shows them how to have a good time in the Maritimes, The Motorleague will be going to BCASA’s native Quebec to play a few more shows with them.
With a set list which includes their new songs, The Motorleague is excited to hear how people will respond to the new album, fans and critics alike.
“It’s always the ones who hate it ones that you’re trying to convert, you write for them, I think it’s what all bands do,” says Levandier.