Blackwater Holylight's Mikayla Mayhew: My Favorite Motörhead Song | Revolver

Blackwater Holylight's Mikayla Mayhew: My Favorite Motörhead Song

"When that groove kicks in, it's like a punch to the face"
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photograph by Trey Karson

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Motörhead occupy rarefied air in the heavy-music world. Led by the inimitable Lemmy Kilmister, they emerged out of London's early Seventies heavy-psych, space-rock scene (epitomized by Lem's acid-drenched previous band Hawkwind) and quickly secured their mythical reputation as speed-fueled, road-worn rock & roll icons thanks to their tireless touring and god-tier songs like "Ace of Spades," "Overkill" and more.

Motörhead's uncompromising outlaw spirit and singular hard-hitting sound appealed to punks, NWOBHM fanatics, thrash kids and beyond — and many of these fans would go on to become rock stars themselves, including the Metallica guys, Max Cavalera, Lzzy Hale and Dave Grohl to name just a few. For 40 years, from their 1975 formation and 1977 self-titled debut to 2015's swansong Bad Magic, Lemmy led his band through all types of ups and downs … but Motörhead never let up, until the day Lemmy passed away on December 28th, 2015 (only weeks after he performed his final live show).

Motörhead left the world with so many great songs that continue to inspire generations of heavy-music fans — including Mikayla Mayhew of Portland, Oregon-based stoner/heavy psych group Blackwater Holylight. Below, the guitarist sounds off on her favorite Motörhead song.


The first Motörhead song I ever heard was "Bomber." I was about 14 at the time and I'll never forget it. When that groove kicks in, it's like a punch to the face. To me, it represented something dark and ferocious. I was blown away by the sheer bludgeoning of sound and power. The growl of Lemmy's bass made me think of a tank on full throttle. To me, Motörhead will always be the epitome of rock & roll.