“Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. He had the ability to charm all living things and even move mountains with his music.” Motion Device is a young band, in more ways than one, that has taken up the electric lyre and is ready to step into the fray and move the mountains of the Rock ‘n’ Roll business!
Motion Device is out of Bolton, Ontario in Canada, its members consist of five members who met at the Rock Star Music School and Concert Hall, with the oldest members of the group being ancient at 17. Even at their young age the members of Motion Device are accomplished musicians, who know how to play and rock out a song. Josh Marrocco plays electric and acoustic guitars, Alex Defrancesco, also electric guitar and bass when needed, the core of the group consists of brother and sisters Andrea, David and Sara Menoudakis. Andrea plays bass guitar and keyboards, David sits in on drums, and Sara, at age nine I don’t know who Sara is channeling (if anybody!) I can hear a bit of Janis Joplin in her voice, but then there’s some quality that is unidentifiable, something that gives her voice an edge that keeps you listening.
As part of their repertoire Motion Device covers The Doors “People Are Strange.” In a grainy video made to give it a “period” feel. Guitarists and lead singers usually get the attention in a band and in Motion Device both get the attention, listen to the solos by Josh and Alex in the video, they add solos I think The Doors would wish they had thought of, and in Sara’s voice you can even hear some of the threat you hear in Jim Morrison’s voice (watch the video in left side column of this article). They also cover Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin and Dream Theater. But these aren‘t strict respectful covers, they dare to add their own touch and personality to the songs. If you think Motion Device is only a teenage cover band, give a listen to “Mr. Misunderstood.”
In 1974 music critic Jon Landau wrote in what would turn out to be a clarion call of Bruce Springsteen, “I saw Rock ‘n’ Roll future…”. This is a similar call, Motion Device is today’s future and a band we should watch before they pass us by.
Learn more about Motion Device follow the link to their website.
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