Discover The Undiscovered: Motel Beds
By Staff; Photo by Chris Corn on April 10, 2013
The fourth installment of this year's "Discover the Undiscovered" series has arrived, featuring Dayton, Ohio natives Motel Beds, who are already known for releasing albums faster than most bands book shows and composing catchy, guitar-driven songs which are often shorter than three minutes.
The five member rock group - comprised of Tommy (guitar), Ian (drums), PJ (vocals), Darryl (guitar) , and Tod (bass) - show no signs of slowing down as they have just released their latest full-length Dumb Gold last fall, out now via Chapel Hill's No More Fake Labels, and are gearing up for a few tour dates in May! Get to know the band below, via our quick chat with them and check out their video for "Smoke Your Homework"!
FILTER: Who are your main influences?
MOTEL BEDS: Our main influences, in no order, are: The Who, Del Shannon, The Shangri-Las, Cheap Trick, The Saints, The Ramones, Television... lots and lots and lots of music ends up being filtered through.
FILTER: How did you meet?
MOTEL BEDS: All of us went to the same shows, knew the same people, and liked the same music in the 90s, so it was inevitable. Tommy, PJ, and me (Ian) were friends for a few years before we started playing together in 2001 or 2002, I can't remember exactly. Derl and Tod were both in bands that we liked, so we had known them for many years as well. The community of musicians in Dayton is pretty small, so you kinda can't help but know just about everybody who's got a band.
FILTER: What is your biggest achievement as a band to date?
MOTEL BEDS: I really am not sure, there's been so much building up for us recently that everything that happens is the next biggest achievement. Personally though, I would count being on stage with Kelley Deal among the highlights.
FILTER: Where did the band name originate?
MOTEL BEDS: I'm pretty sure our friend Kim Passmore (ex-Shesus, currently in WIFEHAMMER) named the band... something about the grossest thing she could think of. We hadn't come up with anything better, so it stuck.
FILTER: Favorite Bands?
MOTEL BEDS: Led Zeppelin, The Stones, The Beatles, Cheap Trick, Swervedriver, GBV, The Breeders, The Saints, Brainiac, The Jesus Lizard, The Cows, The Wrens, The Replacements, Nirvana, The Kinks, Soundgarden, The Cars, The Beach Boys, The Fat Boys, The Soft Boys, Boyz II Men, ABC, BBD, etc.
FILTER: Plans to Tour?
MOTEL BEDS: Lots of plans, but, we have to line up everyone's schedules up first. We're all middle-aged working stiffs with families, so we have to be selective about what we do and when we do it.
FILTER: Plans for next release?
MOTEL BEDS: We're recording now, so hopefully within the next few months we'll have something. The working title is: Forget How to Suck.
Motel Beds tour dates:
5/7 - Do317 Lounge in Indianapolis, IN*
5/8 at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton, OH*
* = w/ Marnie Stern