Motorcycle Display Team are going since 2008 , Sancho Panza was the original name they played under but they changed it to Motorcycle Display Team (MDT) in 2009 over some confusion with a dance act of the same name. Well there’s no case of mistaken indentity now as the London three piece deliver their new singlebetweenager ahead of their long player debut which is due out in October.
Apparently it hasn’t been the easiest of recordings with the band admitting ‘The build- up and planning to the recording of our debut album caused one of us to have a nervous breakdown’. They don’t go into any more detail than that but there’s no hint of a difficult process here. It’s a perfectly pleasant slice of fun power pop that jangles along just shy of the four minute mark. It’s catchy without being insufferable. It’s all upbeat and jaunty guitar goodness.
The track is produced by Cesar Gimeno Lavin of Modest Mouse and White Lies fame, and while the sparky guitar of Modest Mouse is evident here , for me this single is tonally similar to acts like Two Door Cinema Club or the Drums. Lyrically clever this song is knowing without drifting into the wrong side of smug. ‘A rock star at twenty-three and that’s where I retire’ the track proclaims, unlikely if they keep going in this direction.