Motel Beds (Dayton)

Motel Beds (Dayton)

Motel Beds (Dayton, Ohio)


Dayton’s Motel Beds began in 2003, creating raw, swaggering Rock songs based on vintage Pop structures that reflected influences running the gamut from Big Star, The Beatles and The Beach Boys to Swervedriver, Nirvana and, yes, fellow Dayton-ites Guided by Voices. The band’s shimmying melodies beam through the dirty lo-fi haze, creating a compelling bright/dark dichotomy. The five-piece has been on a Pollard-ian prolific streak over the past five years, recording and releasing numerous albums, including last year’s excellent, eclectic Sunfried Dreams full-length.

YDIIYD: Oasis and Arctic Monkeys get trapped in Antone Newcombe’s basement with Guided by Voices and a four-track machine. (MB)

They have been together in various permutations since the proto-blog days of 2003, when their first EP "Hasta Mañana" garnered positive feedback. A track from this EP, Laugh Until You Die, was included on the first volume of the popular series "The Artist’s Den."

Time passed, as it must. In 2007, the band solidified their line-up in 2007 and managed to write and record three albums between 2009-2010: "Go For a Dive," "Moondazed," and their first full-length, "Feelings."

Like men possessed, they have soldiered on, writing and recorded at an astounding rate and, in March 2011, released their critically acclaimed album, "Sunfried Dreams."

The band is now pleased to announce the release of their second LP of the year, "Tango Boys," on Chapel Hill, NC’s No More Fake Labels. The band was also warmly received at the 2011 CMJ Festival, and had its music hand-picked to appear on the 2011 CMJ Freeplay mixtape.

Momentum continues to build with a track from "Tango Boys,Tropics of the Sand(featuring vocals by Kelley Deal of The Breeders) already playing on Sirius XM Radio. In 2012, the band plans more touring, more recording and playing the No More Fake Labels showcase at the South by Southwest festival.


  • "After thousands of after-punk records, it’s almost hard to remember how good proto-punk rock and (good) classic rock was. This decade-active Dayton, OH five always do. They don’t hit up the ‘60s Who for donations like neighbors Guided By Voices, and they only occasionally ogle Neil Young; in fact, the opening, shakin’, down ‘n’ dirty, smackin’ "Smoke Your Homework" raises a more Midwestern ruckus, landlocked south but still sipping the Erie like Rocket From the Tombs or Pagans and the Huron like High Time MC5. (Or 1976-86 Australians; Paul John Paslosky’s moaned "c’mon, c’mon, c’moooon” is Saints-ian). Thereafter, they show variety, twisting twin guitars into cool, bluesy ballads like "Oh Me, Oh My," the lighter/waltzy "Dumb Gold" and "Better," or a heavier-Smiths/Motown jangly bop like second standout "Dream of Sleep." But the sound remains garage/basement ballsy. Smoke that, too. — Jack Rabid"

    The Big Takeover —  6/4/2013
  • "Suddenly über-prolific after kicking around for the better part of a decade, Dayton, Ohio's Motel Beds hit their stride on Dumb Gold, their third album in just over two years. Throughout this tight, propulsive half-hour, the fruits of spending a decade grinding out gigs are readily apparent. This is a band that has a crackling, intuitive interplay and a slyly expansive view of the pop world, tossing out references to numerous golden ages -- the indie rock of the '90s, the power pop of the '70s, the British Invasion of the '60s, even the clean angles of the Strokes in the new millennium. Plenty of sounds are packed into the ten tracks, but Motel Beds tie it together with insistent hooks, casual muscle, and boundless energy. Dumb Gold 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."

    All Music —  5/2/2013
  • "Motel Beds are a midwestern indie rock powerhouse that harkens to the big slacker bands of the 90s, and then roars past them on wings of champion musical badassery. Each of the band’s members, who cut their teeth in a wide variety of the Gem City’s strongest groups, make athletic guitar runs, deliver serpentine rhythms, and drop clever, existential lyricism in a way that sounds completely effortless..." —  9/2/2010
  • "From dream-psych epics like "Mr. Salad Days" to the ethereal acoustic dirge of "Bourbon Skies" to the unabashed pop collection that is "81 Sun," this disc navigates disparate regions with unfailing ease."

    The Buddha Den —  6/17/2010
  • "The band is just underground enough to keep up the mystique and pique one's curiosity. Their highly melodic vibe is inviting."

    The Huffington Post —  9/18/2009
  • "They feel like they could be Modest Mouse's younger, more pop-oriented, brothers. Their lyrics are memorable and impressive and they truly have a firm grip of what it is to write a pop song."

    You Ain't No Picasso —  5/25/2005