Photo by Casey Sjogren
It’s been a long, strange road for Motopony. The Seattle band turned heads way back in 2011 with their self-titled debut, buoyed by the strength of single “King Of Diamonds.” But since their formation in 2006, frontman Daniel Blue has been the lone constant. He estimates that twenty different musicians–from friends to hired guns–have moved through Motopony’s ranks, interrupting the band’s momentum.
After solidifying a core of six members this past year, Motopony is picking up the tempo again. They toured India and released two EPs in 2014, including one recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios. Austin’s Mike McCarthy–who’s lent his expertise to Spoon and Heartless Bastards–produced Motopony’s full-length, which is expected just before SXSW. In the meantime, the band has been trying out material on the road, and they stopped by Studio 1A late last year. Their live set shows them evolving, working in a more groove-oriented direction than their folk-rock roots would suggest. Download “Daylight’s Gone” below.