Coming from Tacoma, Washington seems to give a special something to bands these days. Recent successes by Fleet Foxes and Telekinesis, among others, have cast a golden glow over the new self-titled debut by Motopony. The wide range of styles found on the release gives an image of a group that is comfortable with more than a few genres, from the rollicking “Seer” and the jazzy “King of Diamonds” to the wistful tune of “Wait for Me”. Singer/songwriter Daniel Blue has a name ready for a rock star plus the vision and vocals to pull it off. He now lives in Seattle but treasures his time in Tacoma as a formative period for musical development. His band is on a national tour in an opening slot that has audiences arriving early to venues and singing along to their songs. Blue spoke to PopMatters about these latest developments as he sat in a park overlooking Seattle while the band was loading up to drive to Boise, Idaho. It was just a moment in the sun for a guy in the spotlight . . .
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The songs on your debut release are so varied in style—is this a reflection of your taste or the entire band’s interest as a group?
The songs were written over a long period of time. Being our first release, we had quite a bit of time to gather them together. I wrote most of the lyrics and melodies for everything, and then Buddy Ross did all the production and instrumentation on everything. Then we went and hired musicians to get what we wanted. Most everything you’re hearing is a product of him and me. It kind of came out of our minds and what we wanted to express in the moment.