Like the smoldering four-lane blacktop their name evokes, Motorway's music seems to stretch in two seemingly opposite directions. On the one side, their music harkens back to such guitar-driven, emotionally honest bands as the KINKS and REPLACEMENTS. Yet, the band infuses sturdy pop craftsmanship and structure into their clean, rootsy style. The end result is thrilling, as each song progresses in a way that seems as inevitable and inescapable as a memory. It's quite a ride. Motorway formed in the fall of 1999 and began hitting the club circuit in New Orleans, polishing their sound and trying to settle on a name. and early choice, TIN STAR, had to be discarded after a U.K. band with the same name threatened litigation (an early brush with irony, given that the band wears it Britpop influences like a badge of honor). By the time the current name was chosen, in the spring of the following year, the group had begun to build a solid fan base and also the respect and admiration of their musi
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