By Zach Collier
Provo’s horn-infused pop group, Motion Coaster, has been busy lately.
Playing a relentless slew of shows over the summer, the group has done well in several competitions. Last June they made it to the finals in Velour’s 2016 Summer Battle of the Bands. In July, Motion Coaster won iHeartMedia’s Battle of the Bands. They beat out 34 entrants from all over the state of Utah, winning a trip to LA to meet with record labels, interviews and spins on 97.1 ZHT, and a free concert. The band also took home a $200 grand prize after competing at the Liberty Square Apartments Battle of the Bands last month.
That doesn’t mean they’ve been slacking on production, however. The band is larger than your typical drum and bass setup, but Dee Kei Waddell, Ben Walbrecht, Mckay Salisbury, Bao Ha, Kamen Myers, Mike Nishiguchi, and Jake Lewis have all managed to figured out how to schedule time to record music and shoot music videos. They’ve worked at places like Provo’s Noisebox Studios and Pale Horse Sound Studios in Pleasant Grove. The music video for “Take the Seasons” came out last June and was shot by Arctic Storm Media. Members of the band also made a cameo appearance in Mimi Knowles’ music video for “Better.”
But scheduling studio time with the band is about to get a lot easier. Lead singer Dee Kei Waddell just went in with the Couch Series’ Jordan and Laurelin Ottesen on a studio, purchasing Celadora Studios. Cold House Studio, as it is now called, offers rehearsal space, recording, film, and design services. The team is currently offering studio tours to members of the music community.
As a culmination of all the hard work and effort over the last summer, Motion Coaster will be releasing their debut EP at a double EP release show at Velour Live Music Gallery in October. Spirit City will also be releasing an EP, and The Solarists are set to open.
When asked how he feels about all the recent developments, Waddell said, “I’m super stoked. My life is insane right now. I feel way accomplished, but I still have a ways to go.”
The EP release is taking place Friday, October 21st at Velour Live Music Gallery. Doors will open at 8PM. Presale tickets are available for $8 and include a free EP when you buy them directly from the bands. They’re also available online at 24tix.com. You can watch the music video for Motion Coaster’s “Take the Seasons” below.