Motopony: The TVD Tour Diary

The Seattle-based folk rock outfit makes their second trip to SoCal this Saturday. Motopony’s self-titled debut record, which was released this past month, charted at #1 on KCRW and the top 200 on the CMJ Chart. In support of the album and new music video for “King of Diamonds,” the band kicks of their summer tour this weekend, leading them through LA, SF and SD.

Catch Motopony performing this Saturday at Origami Vinyl (1:00 p.m.) and then the KCRW One Colorado listener event.

Thursday June 23rd, 2011 | I’m sitting in the passenger seat of an International Semi Truck doing about 20mph on I5 South just outside of Tacoma. Our gear is sparsely populating the vast geography of the trailer in the back while the band is crammed on the bench seat bolted in the “king” cab behind me.

Turns out every stage-worthy band in a 100 mile radius has rental dibs on anything with towing capacity…except this…thing…we are heaving (at a crawl) down the highway with thousands of lbs of diesel stored in the barrels hanging auspiciously under either cab door. But despite the bouncy ride (how do truckers do it?!) we are on our way back to California…and spirits are high.

After filming and editing the very Vegas “King Of Diamonds” video in April, we had a “street date” (May 24th) release in Los Angeles that began with an in-studio at KCRW and ended with a good turnout at the Troubadour that night. Exciting stuff for us, who have been keeping our record off the radar for a spell while we let the label put some polish on the rig and build up some steam.

We played SF and PDX the following nights and then learned a few (4 new!) songs for our Seattle release party on June 9th. Coming home and playing to a full room at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard was an epic feeling, and while we were at it someone offered us a spot at Bumbershoot, so it seems like Seattle is catching.

Motopony | Wait For Me

In all honesty I’m a little surprised at how happy I am to be heading back South so soon. Summer in Seattle is to die for, and its odd not to be laying on one of our many secret beaches enjoying the sunshine and some creek chilled honey wine with a sweet view of a certain bikini line on that cumin tan honey of mine….but there will be more summers.

For today we arrive in a big rig on the rattled highways of the sunshine state herself. Armed with enough decibels to erupt the eardrum of Poseidon (not that we would, but we could), we careen toward warmer waters with gale force turbo hissing joy. This is number two of three mini west coastie tours we have this year…and if our first time back is as good as our Cali debut, the boys and I are in for a real good time. —Daniel Blue of Motopony

This entry was posted in TVD Los Angeles. Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.

  • Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text
  • Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text