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Motel Motel
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by: Lauren Piper - March 4, 2010

Motel Motel's raw, emotional brand of indie-infested country rock creates the insatiable need to wear a cowboy hat, drink coffee and strut down the New York streets with a slight attitude. The band's tunes breath new life into the idea of Americana, yet smack of the angular garage rock of The Strokes as well as older folk acts such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Dylan. The honesty that comes rising from the blazing guitar, keys and chameleon-esque vocals, fills the songs with a feeling of desire and camaraderie. There is a humbleness and openness that allows the listener to feel comfort in every song and, instead of a wailing wall of noise, the band comes out plodding sweetly and gives the listener the impression that there's more where that came from.

How was touring Egypt? Any favorite shows or just favorite things that the band experienced while there?
We did a few workshops with youth out there. I'd say that was the most enriching thing we did. For the kids and for us.

What is the background of Motel Motel? How/when did you form?
We formed as a three-piece recording project first, back in September of '06. That was Timo, Eric, and I. Jeremy joined right about when we started performing live. And shit got real when Erik Gundel teamed up with us.

If you could turn into any sea creature for a day what would it be
and what would you do?
Megaladon. I would terrorize the human race.

While on tour, most bands go insane from spending that much time with the same people and have ridiculous inside jokes. Do you have any worth sharing?
Yeah, we've got a lot of those. A recent one is "Cozyfest." It's a festival that only features "cozy" music and there's a big blanket for everybody to roll around in with a lot of kittens, etc. We're thinking Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, etc. It was pretty much inspired by our experience at End of the Road Festival, which was awesome!


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what it is

A history of rock youth in a blender, for those who like: The National, Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes.