Pottery postponed the release of their debut LP, Welcome To Bobby’s Motel, from April 10th to 26th June via Partisan Records. If you combined Talking Heads, Amazing Snakeheads (RIP Dale), Nick Cave and serveral other greats you would be close to knowing what to expect from this release, but this celebration of rhythm and groove is a welcomed release, set to encourage a summer of dance (from a distance of course).
Welcome To Bobby’s Motel was produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Snail Mail) and recorded at Montreal’s Break Glass studio. Although he occupies a core role within the album’s eleven tracks, Bobby is not technically a real person, and Bobby’s Motel is not a real place. The Montreal five-piece (Paul Jacobs, Jacob Shepansky, Austin Boylan, Tom Gould, and Peter Baylis) band were obviously set to tour this summer, which has been postponed, but this album is a great substitute for seeing them live.
Veering from highbrow motorik instrumentation to moments of playful discord, this album is not only massively listenable but also forms a smile whilst you do. Texas Drums Pt I & II combines high-paced guitar, and rhythmic percussion with cultish chants, an ostensibly dark yet fun-fuelled tune. Opener and title track aptly sets the scene for the next ten tracks, cinematically gearing us for a mix of shimmering guitar, percussive discord and vocal reverb. Lynch or Soderbergh’s work springs to mind, whilst giving the opener a listen.
Hot Heater has blatant Byrne and Talking Heads influences, combining anthemic drums with a repetitive riff. Whether it’s this, Under the Wires or Bobby’s Forecast, however, there is an element of funk, making it almost impossible not to toe tap whilst inspecting this LP.
After the success of their debut EP, it comes with no surprise that Welcome to Bobby’s Motel sounds as polished, yet gritty, atmospheric and cinematic as it does. NY Inn fuses Western with Grunge, whereas What’s In Fashion? has more of surfer rock sound, and yet all with an element of tongue-in-cheek as well as practically flawless percussion. An entertaining, varied and novel album, Welcome to Bobby’s Motel will ensure that you’re unlikely to leave.
Welcome to Bobby’s Motel is out now, via Partisan Records.