Last Saturday night marked the end of an era for The Motor Primitives, as the almost four-year-old rock quartet sent off two of its members with a farewell show at the Harmony Bar.
Kat Spring (lead guitar) and Matthew Sanborn (bass guitar and vocals) are taking leave from Madison while the former completes her Ph.D., a familiar story in a town tied to the cycles of the university. Pam Barrett (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) and Robin Davies (drums) will be soldiering on with the Primitives; they're "working on a new sound" and getting prepared to announce their new bandmates.
"This is the show that we say goodbye to Kat and Matthew," wrote Barrett a mere five hours taking the stage.
"We're going to celebrate the last 3 years of Harmonious rock and roll at the Harmony bar and, yes, we're ready to throw down! We're gonna play everything we know."
One of those songs was "Batter Up" from their 2006 release Be the Engine > Long Play. Penned by Barrett, the Primitives' performance of the song was captured on video by her husband, Mike. The live concert clip follows below.
Pam Barrett explains the group's reasons for shooting these videos:
Since the band has been together, we've never actually obtained an audio or video recording of a complete live show. But these little video snippets allow us to share bits and pieces of a show with our fans/friends unable to make it to the shows. Too bad it's so dark that you can't see how fabulous our dancers are. They are a sight to behold!
The Motor Primitives' final performance with their original lineup was well attended by fans both old and new. One newbie reviewed the show, describing them as "the perfect blend of pop music and rock for me." He lamented the changing of the guard, a sentiment also voiced by Davies, who wrote, "I'm sure the love will be flowing in torrents from the stage (and back at us too I hope)."
The most detailed account of the concert was written by Barrett herself, who described the cold conditions outside, the "dazzling" opening set by Josh Harty, the crowds packing the Harmony, and the energy of their performance. "We have always felt appreciated by our friends (and considered ourselves very fortunate)," she wrote. "But we really 'felt the love' tonight."