Gold Motel (english version)
With Gold Motel, it’s always summer, the bags are always packed, and the car is always running. Beneath tight pop hooks and warm melodies, Gold Motel’s songs are infused with joyous exuberance as well as sweet melancholy. The Chicago-based quintet originated in warmer climates, Los Angeles in the summer of 2009. Greta Morgan (The Hush Sound) returned from a year in Southern California to her hometown of Chicago, bringing with her what would become the five song Gold Motel EP. Since then, Gold Motel has headlined shows from Los Angeles to New York (and many between) in support of “Summer House”. On November 30th, 2010, they will release a two song 7 inch vinyl, Talking Fiction.
We’ve heard them after SXSW and they were amazing, check out what Gold Motel told us:
1. How was playing at Sxsw?
Greta: SXSW was a blast! We played four showcases (BillBoard, CNN, D’Addario, Sonicbids) and I spoke on a panel for Aol Music. Mostly, SXSW means walking around town, drinking and eating for free at fancy industry showcases, and checking out as many other artists as possible. My favorite acts that I saw at SXSW were Family of the Year, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Kills, Stamps, and Dawes.
Eric: This was my first time at SXSW, and I had a great time. I was warned beforehand to watch out for day-time drinking and general substance abuse, and I made it four days before I crashed, which I think is pretty good for a first timer. My SXSW highlight was seeing Oh Land. I went out one night with a few of my friends in the band Stamps (www.twitter.com/stampstheband) and caught Oh Land’s set at the Billboard Stage at around 1am. I had never heard the music before and was completely blown away by the charisma and energy of the live show. If you do one thing today, download Oh Land’s Self Titled LP. Strongly recommended.
2. How can you describe your sounds and your music?
Greta: Someone described it recently as “beach blanket bingo with Blondie” and I think that’s appropriate. The music is summer-y, with a little bit of rock n roll.
Eric: As of yet, we’ve only released one full-length album, “Summer House,” and a 7-inch, “Talking Fiction.” In my eyes, “Summer House” is a straightforward pop album that adheres to the traditions of sixties Americana west coast pop music. “Talking Fiction” is part of the same continuum, but has a bit more Debbie Harry in it than Mama Cass, if you know what I mean. In terms of the future, I hope that Gold Motel can maintain it’s status as a pop band, but I would like to get a bit more edgy and darker with the aesthetic of the music.
3. There are many allusions to Chicago on your record “Summer House”, but songs sound really cheery, is that true?
Greta: Yes, we are all from Chicago and live in Chicago. I started writing songs for the album while I was living in Los Angeles though, so there is definitely a west coast outlook.
4. What’s the most incredible adventure you’ve been trought?
Greta: Touring the US a few times has been the best adventure we’ve had as a band. On the last six week tour, we drove a total of 13,000 miles all over the United States and stopped in about 40 cities. It’s a totally different adventure every time.
Eric: The most incredible adventure I’ve ever been through was a trip from Chicago to San Diego that took place over the course of 34 hours. We drove non-stop – only stopping for gas. Lots of amphetamines, lots of cigarettes, lots of bossa nova music. It was absolutely beautiful. I’ll leave it at that.
5. Tell us 5 songs you can’t get off your head these days…
Greta: 5 songs I can’t stop listening to:
1. “Tears in the Typing Pool” – Broadcast
2. “Sprawl II” – The Arcade Fire
3. “You and Me” – Penny and the Quarters
4. “Til We Have To” -Michael Runion
5. “Chugjug” – Family of the Year
1. Johnny Mathis – Chances Are
2. Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line
3. Oh Land – White Nights
4. Bobby Rydell – Volare
5. Kurt Vile – Jesus Camp