The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 17, 2014

Motion Theatre takes the stage at Vans Warped Tour

Local rock band Motion Theatre performed Tuesday at its biggest venue yet — the Burgettstown, Pa. stop of the Vans Warped Tour.

Greg Lilly, lead vocalist, said the experience was incredible.

“This is such a great footnote in establishing a career in the industry,” Lilly said.

Vans Warped Tour is a touring music festival established in 1995, featuring a number of genres including punk rock, alternative rock, hip hop, pop and metalcore.

Motion Theatre, based in Beckley, formed in 2010 from the ashes of two other bands and have received huge support from the local community.

The five-member band plays at many local venues, such as McBee’s and Muncheez, and are currently on a self-funded tour to better establish their budding career.

Their stop at the Vans Warped Tour was a huge opportunity to be heard by thousands of listeners.

They were selected through the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands competition, where the top bands are chosen to perform at one of the Warped Tour events.

“There were people everywhere,” Lilly said of Tuesday’s performance. “We were very well received. We had a lot of fun.”

The crowd purchased nearly all of the merchandise Motion Theatre had brought along with them for their tour, and they were even featured by Alternative Press magazine, which posted a photo of them on Instagram that has already received over 3,000 likes.

Lilly said they credit much of their success to their local fans.

“I think when you’re a local band aspiring to have a greater position, I think it all depends on the close to home people who really believe in what you’re doing.”

Their fan base continues to expand daily, with tour stops in Georgia and Florida coming up, but Lilly said it wouldn’t be possible without their hometown fans.

Locally, their next performance will be Aug. 22 at a festival at Muncheez, located at 2825 Harper Road in Beckley.

Lilly describes their music as “an embodiment of the collective rock genre,” and said their influences include Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Led Zepplin and Paramore.

Motion Theatre is currently in the process of writing a new album, which they hope to record this winter.

“We want to keep developing our brand and grow as a business and a band. We’ll see what happens.”

The band consists of five members: drummer Krystion Stover, guitarist Colby Elswick, guitarist Robbie Lanham, bassist Tyler Comer and Lilly on lead vocals.

Their music is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, and to listen for free, their music is available on Spotify.

For more information, check them out on Twitter, Facebook or Reverb Nation.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.comƯ

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