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Single Review: “Motor Scooter” Waydown Wailers

Modern guitar-driven rock doesn’t have to be overindulgent to sport the same lush tonal presence its ancestors wore with pride, and if there’s a single that proves as much this spring, it’s Waydown Wailers’ new release “Motor Scooter.” Carnal and string-powered but not lacking in melodic charismas more associated with pop than they are the blues/rock aesthetics of the fretwork here, “Motor Scooter” isn’t as complicated as its experimental design would initially have us believe it to be. Waydown Wailers are a fairly stripped-down outfit compared to those who came before them, but all in all, they aren’t devoid of their influences’ monstrous energy.

The southern rock cues in this piece are difficult to ignore, especially in the first half of the track, but they’re equal to the blues elements we get from the guitar parts exclusively. You can tell that Americana is important to Waydown Wailers’ style, but it’s just a slice instead of the whole pie. Their attitude in this release is pure classic rock, but when incorporated with the barebones componentry of their songwriting, it makes for something that isn’t quite something their peers would be responsible for in the grander scheme of things; it’s their brand of wired rock n’ roll.

Our vocalist battles the drums for the spotlight as we work towards the climax in “Motor Scooter,” but at the end of their melee, it’s the audience walking away winners. Waydown Wailers seem like the kind of players who need to be competitive in the studio to deliver the kind of passion their melodic depth suggests they’re capable of, and in this performance, they seem to go out of their way to get as fierce and fiery with one another solely out of a shared desire to push the music farther than anyone else could have.



These beats are on the aggressive side, but from my perspective, I think they need to be for us to connect the emotionality of the verses with the collective drive this band has when every instrument is slamming us against the wall. There’s nothing wrong with getting this physical when you’ve got the compositional moxie to back it up, and though I don’t know whether or not another group could have recorded “Motor Scooter” with the same success this one has, Waydown Wailers demonstrate skills every one of their rivals should be envious of this season.

If this is just par for the course this band has laid out before them, you can bet everything you’ve got on “Motor Scooter” being only the first of many hits for this exciting blues act. Waydown Wailers have all the sizzle of a classic rock group mixed with the lyrical ironies and unsophisticated sonic clobbering of contemporary blues and country and given that hybridity has become one of the most desirable qualities a band can have in 2023, I think it’s safe to say these players are in more than good shape at the moment. It’s hard to say for sure, but I think we’re going to be hearing a lot more from these guys soon.


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