I was struggling to figure out where to start as I wrote about "Daylights Gone," the new track from Seattle alt-rockers Motopony
that we're premiering today. I couldn't put my finger on the sonic influences I was vibing on in this new track. The only immediate point of reference that I could make was Tennessee indie psych/jam/pop act Moon Taxi, and that's only in the vaguest sense of a subversive sound that is also big and arena ready. And then I realized what my problem was. Motopony is not a band that I should be approaching this way.
I could talk about the funky guitar riff, the hints of psychedelic texture, the slinky nature of the vocals, and perhaps pick out the bands influencing individual bars of the track if I started pulling my hair out and tried, but that's not the way to discuss Motopony's sound. In an age where every band sounds like an easily picked out handful of other bands, Motopony is a unique creature...a band that is all their own.
They have a new record, Welcome You
, coming out June 23rd, and be sure to check out their tour dates below the track.
6/13 - Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA
6/15 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
6/18 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA #
6/23 - Moon Room - Denver, CO *
6/25 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR *
6/26 - Domino Room - Bend, OR *
6/27 - Showbox @ the Market - Seattle, WA *
6/28 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR *
7/01 - Leo's - Oakland, CA *
7/02 - Sophie's Thai Kitchen - Davis, CA *
7/03 - Madame Siam - Los Angeles, CA *
7/05 - The Continental Room - Fullerton, CA *
7/07 - Bunkhouse - Las Vegas, NV *
* = w/ Tristen / Big Harp
# = w/ Bootstraps