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Biography

Motel Motel is a history of rock youth in a blender. They croon in the spirit of an old country ballad, but one careening through the tunnels and avenues of their home base, New York City. Formed there in the fall of 2006, they honed their music in garages, kitchens, and basements until the February of the next year found them playing their first shows across the city and surrounding states. Received with open arms both by claustrophobic bars in the Lower East Side and the skyline-painted barns of Richmond VA, they find peace in their dualities. Home for them is not the city; they hail from four distinct corners of the United States: Denver, Hawaii, Albany, and Virginia. For them, country rock is not the antiquated charm of the past, nor is rock and roll a commercialized beast of the present—rather both are the same: a desperate, loud rattling of America’s motel rooms and their cloistered road warriors. In early May, Motel Motel recorded the EP Old York at a scattering of studios, including Midtown Sound, UCC Studios, Jewett Sound, and others, and finished mixing at Sub Terra Engel Studios in Albany. The disc still warm in their hands, they headed out on an 11-date cross-country tour, from Boston to Denver. Now living in Colorado and currently recording their first LP, New Denver, they are cleaning the life of the road from their bodies. They are preparing to meet all of America, and hope to eventually find their home.

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