Motorcycle Display Team is an alt rock and roll band that makes songs full of melodic vocal twists and driving rhythms you just have to dance to.
To date they’ve released two EPs (‘The Crayon Masterpiece’ 2009 and ‘Letters of Last Resort’ 2015), one LP (Captatio Benevolentiae, 2012) and they have toured Ireland, the UK and beyond since 2008.
MDT is praised for an honest, candid and energetic live act from which they wring every drop of pathos.
They always impress at festivals, receiving some great reviews. Bowie, Zeppelin, Buckley, QOTSA and the Manics are artists that frequently crop up by comparison and the band are very happy to be placed in such company.
MDT is Steve Hinds (vocals, guitar), Jim Chapman (bass) and Morgan Condon (drums).
MDT’s style is broad, but they build songs using soaring vocals, melodic hooks and unexpected ticks, all woven together in tight rhythm and delivered with a wink and a snarl. Steve’s pen doesn't discriminate. His lyrics tackle themes from kidnap to creationism, mental illness to misanthropy, patriotism to penis envy. The songs are often reflective of the trials of life but always engaging. All this weight is tempered with a dark sense of humour which runs vividly throughout the songs.
Notable achievements for MDT include Absolute Radio's “Unsigned Band Of The Week”, plays on BBC 6 Music Introducing, XFM, BBC London 94.9, Music Week, Right Chord Music’s “Band Of The Week”, Emerging Icons, God Is In The TV and Room Thirteen coverage. Also, their music has been featured on TV shows in the UK and USA.
In 2015, MDT had the honour of touring in support of legendary The Crazy World of Arthur Brown followed by My Life Story. These tours resulted in MDT’s live reputation spreading and a buzz continuing to grow around them.
2016 has been spent working on their new album….expect to hear a lot from MDT in 2017!
*Gigs Played *
- 24 January - Dublin Castle, Camden
- 25 January - 12Bar, Denmark Street
- 22 February - Leonard's EC1, Islington
- 12 March - Tommy Flynn's, Camden
- 17 March - Hope & Anchor, Islington
- 31 March - Bullet Bar, Kentish Town
- 11 April - The Good Ship, Kilburn
- 25 April - Soho Revue Bar, Soho
- 8 May - New Cross Inn, New Cross
- 15 May - Dry Bar, Farringdon - 29 May - Hope & Anchor, Islington - 11 June - Good Ship, Kilburn - 12 July - Industry - 30 August - The Miller, London Bridge - 5 September - Lark in the Park - 24 September - Tommy Flynn's, Camden - 31 October - Dublin Castle Hallowe'en Special, Camden - 21 November – MotherBar, Old Street - 28 November - Jamdown at Canalot Studios, Maida Vale
2009 - 7 January - 93 Feet East, Brick Lane - 12 January - Bullet Bar, Kentish Town - 24 January - Hope & Anchor, Islington - 21 February - Dublin Castle, Camden - 5 March - The Fox, Lewisham - 9 March - The Comedy, Leicester Square - 27 March - The Troubador, Earl’s Court - 9 April - The Purple Turtle, Camden - 6 June - Kenwood House, Hampsted - 15 July - The Fly, Tottenham Court Road - 23 July - The Troubadour, Earl’s Court - 30 July - The Bird's Nest, Deptford - 31 July - The Albany, Great Portland Street - 4 July - Islington O2 Academy, Islington - 22 August - Rapture, Kildare - 8 September - Sir Richard Steele, Chalk Farm - 15 September - Balcony TV London, Camden - 2 October - The Fly, Tottenham Court Road - 23 October - The Bird's Nest, Deptford - 31 October - Dublin Castle Hallowe'en Special II, Camden - 27 November - Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush - 4 December - The Good Ship, Kilburn
2010 - 15 January - Monto Water Rats, King’s Cross - 13 February - The Dublin Castle, Camden - 10 March - The Wilmington Arms, Farringdon - 26 March - New Cross Inn, New Cross - 8 April - The Bird's Nest, Deptford - 23 April - Maggie's Chamber, Edinburgh - 24 April - Cosmopol, Glasgow - 1 May - Landmark Beer Festival, Ilfracoombe - 15 May - Monto Water Rats, Kings Cross - 8 August - The Enterprise, Camden - 29 August – Bramdown, Basingstoke - 16 September - Monto Water Rats, King’s Cross - 2 October - The Bird's Nest, Deptford - 21 October-New Cross Inn, New Cross - 30 October- Dublin Castle, Hallowe’en, Camden
2011 - 26 January- George IV, Chiswick - 19 February- Islington O2 Academy, Angel - 03 March- New Cross Inn, New Cross - 08 March- Hard Rock Café, Mayfair - 17 March- The Bird’s Nest, Deptford - 24 March- Café 1001, Brick Lane - 31 March- The Fox, Lewisham - 09 April- The Good Ship, Kilburn - 05 May- The Monarch, Camden - 13 May- The Troubadour, Earl’s Court - 02 June- New Cross Inn, New Cross - 05 July- New Cross Inn, New Cross - 09 July – Lewisham People’s Day - 04 August- New Cross Inn, New Cross - 01 September- New Cross Inn, New Cross - 28 September – Café 1001, Brick Lane - 21 October- Montague Arms, New Cross
2012 - 16 February- Tamesis Dock, Lambeth - 15 June- Album Launch Gig, Ballyhoo, Tottenham Court Road (Matt’s comeback) - 19 July- The Bird’s Nest, Deptford - 25 July- The Luxe, Spitalfields - 02 August- New Cross Inn, New Cross - 04 August- Olympics Gig, Blackheath - 15 August- Dublin Castle, Camden - 26 August- Camden Rocks, Camden - 29 August- Surya, Kings Cross - 21 September- The Enterprise, Camden - 25 October- The Grand Social, Dublin - 26 October- Monroes, Galway - 27 October- The Stables, Mullinger - 28 October- Sweeneys, Dublin - 01 December – The Constitution, Camden
2013 - 23 February- Islington O2, Islington - 08 March- Alley Cat, Denmark Street - 04 April- Whelan’s, Dublin - 05 April- The Library Bar, Limerick - 06 April- The Bentley, Galway - 07 April- John Daly’s, Mullingar - 24 April- Mother Bar, Old Street - 13 May- The Bedford, Balham - 23 May- The Islington, Islington - 31 May- The Finsbury, Finsbury Park - 23 June- Sea Sessions Festival, Donegal - 17 July- Half Moon, Putney - 25 July- Number 1, Mullingar - 26 July- Crane Lane Theatre, Cork - 27 July- Roisin Dubh’s, Galway - 28 July – The Grand Social, Dublin - 7 September- Wharf Chambes, Leeds - 14 September- The Birds Nest, Deptford - 09 October- The Victoria, Dalston - 26 October- White Lion, Streatham - 12 November- Water Rats, Kings Cross - 13 December- New Cross Inn, New Cross - 20 December- Zigfrid von Underbelly, Hoxton
2014 - 11 March- Hard Rock Café, Mayfair - 18 March- Hard Rock Café, Mayfair - 26 June- Chelsea College of Art - 12 July- Lewisham People’s Day - 08 October- 12 Bar, Denmark Street - 31 October- The Montague Arms, New Cross - 13 December- The Constitution, Camden
2015 - 4 February- The Monarch, Camden - 26 February- The Bird’s Nest Deptford - 7 March- Sweeneys, Dublin - 8 March- The Grand Social, Dublin - 26 March- The Cuban, Camden - 10 April- The Shed, Leicester - 16 April- The Windmill, Brixton - 21 April- Apple Store, Regent’s Street - 8 May- Nambucca, Holloway - 14 May- Great Escape Festival, Brighton - 13 June- Youbloom Festival, Dublin - 2 July- Chelsea College of Art - 11 July- Lewisham People’s Day, Lewisham - 01 August- Chilled In a Field Festival, East Sussex - 12 September- Tamesis Dock, Lambeth - 25 September – BIFF, Turin - 3 October- The Borderline, London - 9 October- West End Centre, Aldershot - 17 October - Buxton Opera House, Buxton - 6 November- The Cluny, Newcastle - 7 November- Box Bar, Glasgow - 8 November- Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - 12 November- Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth - 20 December- Zigfrid von Underbelly, Hoxton
2016 - 20 January- The Trapeze Bar, Old Street. Matt's last gig - 3 March- The Cuban, Camden, London - 14 May- Asylum, Chelsmford, Essex - 30 June- Chelsea College of Art, London - 09 July- Lewisham People's Day Festival, London - 28 August- The Bird's Nest, Deptford, London - 27 August- Mycenae House, Greenwich, London - 24 September- Cine Teatro Baretti, Turin, Italy - 29 October- The Bird's Nest, Deptford, London - 22 December- The Bird's Nest, Deptford, London
2017 - 28 January- The Troubadour, Earl's Court - 29 June- University of the Arts London - 30 June- Off The Cuff, Herne Hill - 8 July- Lewisham People's Day Festival - 12 August- The Priory Live Festival, Orpington - 25 August- Nestival, The Bird's Nest, Deptford - 22 September- British Irish Film Festival, Turin, Italy - 14 October- The Dogstar, Brixton