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Dumb Gold

Album Info

Released: Nov 13, 2012 No More Fake Labels NMFL-004

Tracks

  1. Smoke Your Homework
  2. Valentimes
  3. Rattle Rattle
  4. Runnin' for Nothing
  5. Oh Me Oh My
  6. Dream of Sleep
  7. Dumb Gold
  8. Overlapping Planes
  9. Better
  10. Motion Sickness

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Praise for Dumb Gold

  • "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. "

    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."

    AllMusic, 6/2/2013

  • "(4.5 out of 5) Their blended style of British Invasion hi-fi meets Midwestern lo-fi works throughout Dumb Gold and I believe just pushes the album past Tango Boys as their now best release to date."

    The Fire Note, 11/17/2012

  • "(5 out of 5) Motel Beds are the bad boys at the sock hop who’ve spiked the punch. The musical equivalent of Eddie Haskell, they charm your parents and then spend the evening with you smoking funny smelling cigarettes behind the bleachers. While they spent 2009 through 2011 honing a sound that recalled the powerhouse arena acts of the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as England’s ‘90s modern rock exports, Dumb Gold is a time warp to when the radio dial was set to airwaves delivering Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Four Seasons. There is a fist-pumping rock undercurrent here too.Think The Strokes, but without daddy’s money."

    Ghettoblaster Magazine, 11/13/2012

  • "Jangled indie-pop-punk in the arena of a less-chaotic Bananas, a more refined version of The Thermals, early Teenage Cool Kids and Christmas Island."

    Maximum Rock N' Roll, 11/13/2012

  • "Pop-rock’s historical current runs through the fast-moving first half of the album, from the tumbling boogie of “Valentimes” to the riff-driven “Rattle, Rattle,” which would have had ’70s Midwestern kids pumping their stoned fists."

    Hey Reverb, 10/23/2012

  • "The band’s eighth release is a ten-track collection of angular, idiosyncratic songs, showcasing their remarkable musicianship and appreciation for no-frills rock & roll."

    Done Waiting, 10/18/2012

Low Noise

Album Info

Released: Feb 25, 2012 Gas Daddy Go GDG-003

Tracks

  1. Low Noise

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Tango Boys

Album Info

Released: Dec 13, 2011 No More Fake Labels NFML-003

Tracks

  1. Theme From Tango
  2. Milquetoast Discovery
  3. Tarzan Sings the Blues
  4. Tropics of the Sand (w/ Kelley Deal)
  5. Hopeless
  6. Tango Boys
  7. Fake Army
  8. Lit Eyes
  9. Getting Closer
  10. These Are the Days Gone By
  11. Say Goodnight
  12. Exit Tango

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Praise for Tango Boys

  • "…Tango Boys is twelve tracks of solid indie rock that is guaranteed to please."

    Floorshime Zipper Boots, 12/13/2011

  • "…Tango Boys blends different genres with its unique mix of lo-fi, hi-fi and classic British Invasion indie rock that combined with its neat 34 minute running time, this release turns into a can't miss from the Motel Beds!"

    The Fire Note, 12/8/2011

  • "…the band’s most mature and thoughtful album to date."

    Turntable Kitchen, 11/13/2011

Sunfried Dreams

Album Info

Released: Feb 6, 2011 Fictionband Mechanics FB-005

Tracks

  1. Moondazed
  2. Western Son
  3. Bat Naps
  4. Surfjerk
  5. Obey Your Lunch
  6. The Lights
  7. Chuck Solo
  8. Sunfried Dreams
  9. Go Go Make Yourself
  10. Sombrero Shake
  11. Sweet Band

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Praise for Sunfried Dreams

  • "…Plenty of other folks have wrote about Motel Beds and their latest effort, Sunfried Dreams. No bones about it, it’s as good or better than advertised."

    Sirens of Decay, 11/24/2011

  • "…Their spellbinding gem, “Western Son” won’t leave my head, and I’m perfectly fine with that."

    We All Want Someone to Shout For, 10/4/2011

  • "... Their latest release, Sunfried Dream, is a lo-fi plum full of garage band anthems. This is one to listen to over and over. All the tracks grab you and pull you in."

    Floorshime Zipper Boots, 5/1/2011

  • "…Sunfried Dreams is simply a wildly successful rock record; a feel-good power pop party that goes great with a cold beer or ten."

    YouIndie, 4/28/2011

  • "…Sunfried dreams is one of those works that truly deserve much more attention than they are likely to find most of the media."

    The Janglebox, 4/13/2011

  • "…One of the things that first drew me to blogging was the idea of sharing music with people: music that just needed to be heard. Well, this is one of those bands that our readers absolutely must hear."

    Turntable Kitchen, 2/16/2011

Feelings

Album Info

Released: Aug 29, 2010 Fictionband Mechanics FB-004

Tracks

  1. Mr. Salad Days
  2. Is This On?
  3. 81 Sun
  4. Bourbon Skies
  5. Lights On
  6. Pinkies
  7. Loves Hz.
  8. Suckerpunch the Odometer
  9. Systematic Destrux

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Moondazed

Album Info

Released: Nov 11, 2009 Fictionband Mechanics FB-003

Tracks

  1. Intro
  2. Ninety Nine
  3. Shit Disco
  4. Where You Lay
  5. Free
  6. Hive Mind
  7. Theme From Darryl
  8. Cruiser
  9. Beyond the Wave
  10. The Lights
  11. Pitchfork
  12. Gnoth
  13. Sweet Band
  14. Gang of Snakes
  15. Ocean Flows
  16. Thank the Stars
  17. Go Go Make Yourself
  18. Moondazed
  19. Airplanes
  20. Stolen Thunder
  21. Pinkies
  22. Cactus Kiss
  23. Shoot the Moon
  24. Detective Practice
  25. Chest Rockwell
  26. Parts Of Me Are Feathered
  27. Silent Slice
  28. Bat Naps
  29. The Scopist

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Go For a Dive

Album Info

Released: Nov 11, 2009 Fictionband Mechanics FB-002

Tracks

  1. Go For a Dive
  2. Pitchfork
  3. Ocean Flows

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Hasta Mañana

Album Info

Released: Dec 13, 2003 Team Evil Records

Tracks

  1. Skymade Suit
  2. Talkin' Shit
  3. Laugh Until You Die
  4. Ultramaroon
  5. Airplanes In Veins

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