Irish/UK act Motorcycle Display Team have just announced the release of their new album ‘Yours Probably’ which sees the light of day on Friday 13th April. The sound of this album is classic MDT but ramped up to a much more exciting level. The mood is as slick and subtle as ever, while they continue with the darker tones displayed on their previous release ‘Letters of Last Resort’.
For a period, it looked like this album was doomed. In January 2016, just as the band had started to gain traction as a reckonable act from the tour supporting their previous record, plans were being made for this release. Then original bassist Matt dropped the bombshell that he was leaving the UK to live in Bulgaria, in turn leaving MDT. Drew Thompson took up bass duties for six months but the commitment needed to contribute to MDT proved too much and he amicably stepped down. With crucial gigs booked, MDT needed someone to step in fast. Jim Chapman, an old friend of the band, was asked to step in for the upcoming shows. After a couple of jams, it was clear that Jim was the perfect fit for the role of permanent MDT bassist.
With Jim in tow, the band set to finish writing for the album, giving themselves strict deadlines. They found this hugely effective and work flowed easily with lots of concepts coming from all members. Production would again be handled by Cesar Gimeno Lavin.
Recording of ‘Yours Probably’ finished in summer 2017 and the first single from it ‘Oh Country, My Country’ was released in September to support a mini tour of Italy. This single has been warmly received by fans and the media; it has been played on FM radio stations in UK, Ireland and Italy. Also at this time, one of their gigs was broadcast live on Italian radio.
The themes on ‘Yours Probably’ include creationism, broken relationships, automation, the Murdoch press, parenthood, identity, Brexit, and the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. Steve’s lyrics – by turns ironic, outraged and bereft – question our quiet acceptance of the hypocrisy and injustice we see around us, as well as the silent battle of uncertainty we wage with our inner selves.
To support the release of the album, a second single ‘Erosion’ shall be released in March. The video for this single is being made by Jordan Copeland, son of legendary The Police drummer Stewart Copeland.
In addition to this, MDT are going to be gigging all over the UK this spring and summer. Refer to www.motorcycledisplayteam.com or follow them on their social sites for information on dates in your area.
‘Yours Probably’ is now available for pre-order through all the usual outlets and is released on 13th April.
17th March- Notting Hill Arts Club, London
18th April- The Horn, St. Albans
2nd May- John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
3rd May- Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh
4th May- Yardbird’s Rock Club, Grimsby
25th May- The Railway Hotel, Southend On Sea
IRISH SUMMER TOUR TBA
UK AUTUMN TOUR TBA