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The Motions

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1. The Motions were one of the more popular Dutch beat bands. They formed out of the remnants of Ritchie Clark and the Ricochets in 1964 and were together until 1971, although the core of broke up in 1967, when guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen left to form the popular group Shocking Blue, the drummer was changed, and the bassist was twice replaced. After the break-up the vocalist Rudy Bennett released several singles, as did the final drummer (Bobby Green).

2. In a world full of assumptions and predeterminations, everything about The Motions encourages skepticism. The first, and most obvious, observation is the average age of it’s members can’t be more than 18. (It’s 17.) Next, they come from Columbus, MS…and nobody ever mistook that town for being a musical hotbed. Finally, you think back to who you were when you were that age, and you’re quite certain that most folks that age can barely get their homework done, much less write original music and impress a crowd. And right then, that’s when Toby, Max, Kyle and Miles walk on stage, plug in their instruments and proceed to blow away every preconcieved notion you might have had. In fact, that’s what The Motions have been doing for a while now, and they’ve captured that spirit on their debut, self-titled album. Sure, it’s a record with the classic trappings of youth— it’s got your yearning, it’s got your enthusiasm, it’s got your emotion and it’s got your wide-eyed observations. But it also displays a remarkable understanding of what it takes to make a great rock record.

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