By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Don’t let their wrinkle-free faces fool you – The Motions are old souls.
Toby Hartleroad, his brother Max and cousin Miles Jordan, along with pals Kyle Bennett and Miles Smith, make up The Motions, a Columbus-based rock band with a love for grunge-y noise on analog. Their ages range from 14 to 19, but the way the guys talk about their love for vinyl, rock ‘n’ roll and playing music, you’d think they were twice their age.
The Motions started with Max, Tob-y and Jordan.
“We were a threesome for years, and we wrote some hideous music,” Toby said with a laugh. The trio recorded an album – more on that in a minute – but wanted to expand their sound. They asked Smith and Bennett to join, and the guys liked what they heard.
“It sounds a lot bigger,” Toby said. “It” sounds like power pop with a healthy dose of classic rock thrown in, or as Toby puts it, “as if Tom Petty grew up in the 90s.”
The Motions is touring now to promote its self-titled debut record, which was released in May.
Max, Toby and Jordan called on their family friend James Stevens, a native Mississippian and member of the Austin, Texas-based band Moonlight Towers. The Motions traveled to Austin to record its album in two weeks, one week last July and one week last November.
“We recorded it all on analog,” said Toby proudly. “It was very natural, no computers. We didn’t take the Kanye West approach.”
The Motions wanted a rough, raw sound.
“Analog is just so natural,” Toby said. “You can’t really hide anything. Every screw-up is us.”
The group’s live show is that same raw sound, only amplified.
“We do things different live,” Max said, and Toby agreed.
“”We get down live,” he said. “We go a little crazy.”
The guys hope to record more this fall, but haven’t decided on either an EP or another full-length.
The band is still young, but they’re already sounding like veterans. Fitting, since its music sounds that way, too.
Independence Day Block Party
Boondocks Grill is proud to present the first annual Independence Day Block Party for L.I.F.E. from 6 P.M. until 12 A.M. This is a fundraiser event to benefit L.I.F.E. Inc. (Living Independence For Everyone) a non-profit center for independent living. The purpose of L.I.F.E. Inc. is to empower people with disabilities to be as independent and as fully involved in their communities as they can and want to be. A great time for a wonderful cause! We will be featuring a various array of local musicians including artists such as;
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Dark Knights of Camelot
The Bad Hand
Scott Chism and the Better Half
Vinnie C and Kevin Thornton