Nov 26, 2012
I've heard some interesting criticisms about Indianapolis lately. Apparently Rolling Stone magazine allegedly referred to this city as (paraphrasing) a great place to grab some food and use the restroom while you're heading to Chicago, Detroit, or Cincinnati. Ironic, since I now use Rolling Stone magazine to line my cat's litter box. A more-respected friend of mine who recently moved here said it feels like Indianapolis is stuck in a time warp where it was constantly twenty years earlier here than it is on the rest of the planet ... fashion-wise, culture-wise, music-wise, etc. Another local musician remarked (again ... paraphrasing) that this is where all of the new ideas from the coasts and Chicago eventually filter to in order to be excremented out of the country once and for all. Nice, eh?
On the surface, Modern Motion may appear to be a throwback band, nostalgia act, or some sort of 80's tribute. Closer examination, however, reveals a greater musical diversity, depth, and technical prowess than what was typical of that era ... and trust me, I am a player of that era, I have a Yamaha DX setup in my basement to prove it. I, on the other hand, liken this band to other bands of ambitious youths, like Goliathon (Show #067 | Show #120) who inherently understand a style of music even though it may have been made before they were born, and are able to combine it with more modern sensibilities and make it appealing to a contemporary audience. While much of the era they emulate was very self-absorbed and simplistic, Modern Motion exhibits a diversity -- or even an optimistic/pessimistic duality -- in their approach that bears careful, and repeated, listening. Trust me, it continues to get better each time.
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