Driving is a huge part of rock and roll’s enduring mythology. Images of cruising down the highway with friends and lovers while basking in the freedom of the open road pervade pop music’s lyrical canon. Yet, so often, these idealized images clash with the everyday drudgery of being a motorist: traffic jams, detours, and bad news on the radio.
This tension is central to Motorists’ debut LP, Surrounded—an album that is as much about the colourful possibilities of life as it is about the way those possibilities are boxed in by technologies. It’s clear that, for the band, creative collaboration is the only way to break the tension. In a world where everyone’s been in their own bubble, Motorists have pushed theirs together and worked through feelings of isolation as a group, to the tune of jangly guitars, infectious power pop hooks, and a steady motorik beat. The result is an album full of revelations about what it means to be together, and how bad you want it when you’re being torn apart.
Matt MacNeil is an independent artist from Toronto. He started writing songs in 2019 as one half of the band Homer with former-BADBADNOTGOOD founder Matthew Tavares. MacNeil has released two albums and several singles, all self-recorded, mixed and produced at home. His melody-focused alternative sound draws inspiration from early Weezer to Superchunk to Deerhunter.
5000 chords and the truth
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