Having just won an East Coast Music Award for Rock Recording Of The Year, The Motorleague celebrated with the traditional quaffing of Wayne Gretzky’s finest whiskey from their pewter award/chalice and immediately got to work, because that’s what champs do. One week later they’ve got a new video out for their song ‘Wounded Animal’.
“The song ‘Wounded Animal’ is about a relationship I had with a friend of mine who was going through some rough times trying to figure herself out,” says The Motorleague’s frontman Don Levandier. “We both were – so it was just about living through some one else’s eyes and the empowerment of pretending to be something you’re really not. The video with the broken figurines just seemed to fit. -The idea of these really pristine figures that were once probably worth a lot of money that are now just bumming around Value Village and the flea market.”
The video features a staple of New Brunswick: abandoned buildings full of porcelain figurines. I wonder if they grow like mushrooms given enough time and abandonedness. We seem to have the right climate and economy for it. Sadly it could never become a cottage industry for the province, as the economic stimulus it would create would also make it paradoxically impossible for them to grow in the first place.
Like responsible porcelain harvesters The Motorleague ensured there would be plenty of figurines for future generations by smashing a significant portion of their crop. The process was well documented, and beautifully so by skilled filmmaker Blake Stilwell.
The band went so far as to purchase extra porcelain from external sources to allow for a healthy cross-pollination. The shards of broken glass seeded into the floor will guarantee that the building will remain empty for quite some time, and a fresh crop of porcelain will be ready for harvest in five years time.
“I spent about $20.00 on about thirty of them. We only showed some of them breaking, in truth we broke a lot more – those ones just didn’t smash as good,” says Levandier.