August 26, 2014 A.D. — Two months from now, folks from all over the map will have the opportunity to purchase The Motel Beds’ “These Are the Days Gone By.” Misra initially toyed with the idea of releasing this record late last year, however, due to some changes made at Camp Misra, we opted to postpone until the aforementioned date. Namely, the label will soon be moving distribution; we’ll have more on that soon.
We’re super excited for the world to hear “These Are the Days Gone By.” For now, please take a few minutes to read about the album below, behold the official album cover above, and [listen] to “Tropics of the Sand” — a Motel Beds duet with Kelley Deal. “Tropics,” as with all songs on “Days,” has been remastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., etc). It arrived as a super limited split 7″ on Record Store Day 2014, accompanying a gorgeous track by Brooklyn artist TORRES. You can pick that up [here].
We’ll have some more Motel Beds goodies up for sale/pre-order in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. If you’re in one of the cities below, do make sure to see Beds live; they are truly one of the greatest live acts in the country. Thank you for your support!
MOTEL BEDS • MAXIMUM A.D.D. TOUR • #1 IN A SERIES
07/11/14 Yellow Springs, OH • Quonset Hut w/ Speaking Suns
07/12/14 Cincinnati, OH • MOTR Pub United States w/Unicycle Loves You
07/25/14 Columbus, OH • Double Happiness w/ Dreadful Yawns
07/26/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/14/14 Toledo, OH • Ottawa Tavern w/ Nathan Roberts & the New Birds
08/15/14 Detroit, MI • New Way Bar w/ The High Strung
08/16/14 Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern United States w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/29/14 Champaign, IL • Mike ‘N’ Molly’s
08/30/14 Rock Island, IL • Daytrotter
08/30/14 Chicago, IL • Empty Bottle
08/31/14 Manchester, IN • Fire House
…more dates TBA very shortly
MOTEL BEDS are a rock & roll band from Dayton, Ohio—a delightfully detached underdog city nestled in the heart of The Heartland. Seasoned veterans, Beds have worked alongside local advocates Kelley Deal (Deal duets on the lusciously hushed “Tropics of the Sand”) and Robert Pollard (guitarist Derl Robbins has recorded Guided By Voices). Allies aside, when it comes to rock & roll, Motel Beds speak for themselves.
These Are the Days Gone By reveals the fruits of Beds’ labor these latter years. The album is an electrifying collection of “hits,” remastered by Carl Saff (GBV, Dinosaur Jr., etc.) and featuring added bass parts by new(est) member and local ace Tod Weidner. Over a 12-song cycle, the proficiency with which Tommy Cooper and P.J. Paslosky—Motel Beds’ core songwriting duo—augment a solid hook is clearly set on display.
While Days largely finds Ian Kaplan at work as one of the finest rock drummers around today (not an embellishment), Beds demonstrate their versatility with two never-before-released tracks: a poppier version of 2011’s “Sunfried Dreams” and a beautiful acoustic cover of Matthew Sweet’s “I’ve Been Waiting”; the latter proving Paslosky to be much more than a rock vocalist. In addition to recording Motel Beds in a visionary manner, guitarist Derl Robbins adds his own unmistakable style and sound.
True to Dayton (see GBV’s Propeller), the first 500 LPs are all one-of-a-kind. Each cover was individually hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts: a non-profit dedicated to “changing disabilities into possibilities.” A portion of the proceeds from these first 500 will go to benefit WCA.
In his glowing review of Dumb Gold (2012), AllMusic Senior Editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted, “[This] is an album that deserves to break them out of the Rust Belt and onto the larger stage; it’s one of the best straight-ahead indie rock records of 2012.” Days takes all of Dumb Gold’s assets—songwriting, hooks, musicianship, energy—and ups them ad infinitum. It’s a remarkable rock record and one that finds Motel Beds carrying the torch for Dayton, Ohio’s independent music scene.
1. These are the Days Gone By
2. Ocean Flows
3. Skymade Suit
4. Cactus Kiss
7. Lights On
8. Western Son
9. Tropics Of The Sand (feat. Kelley Deal of The Breeders / R. Ring)
10. Sunfried Dreams (alternate version)
11. I’ve Been Waiting
12. Smoke Your Homework