The Motel Beds

The Motel Beds from Dayton in the USA is the garage rock quartet of PJ, Tommy, Derl, Ian and Tod.

The Motel Beds - Garage Rock from the USA

The Motel Beds

Taking British Blues Rock references and adding dashes of Americana The Motel Beds deliver a sound which has a hint of psychedelia inside the rock formulations, giving the music a shimmering cross border appeal.


Relatively well established The Motel Beds have developed the ability to add flourishes to the basic constructs, without heading off into tangents unknown. There is something easy to extract from the compositions, whilst equally, for more cerebral moments there is plenty to keep the head busy. The deft way the quartet put together the music, gives the audience a sense of spaciousness as the notes unhurriedly float past the ears.

There is an instant recognizability to the songs, but The Motel Beds are able to create a space of difference which gives the band the potential to spread their wings across wide genres of listeners.

Not seeking to reinvent the wheel, the quartet nonetheless have something of value to the world of music and although not a collection I will be adding on to my everyday playlist – I can find this fitting into the more considered moments of calmness, where they have an immediate connection.

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These Are the Days Gone By (Remastered) – Motel Beds is available on iTunes*

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Pipsqueak

Pipsqueak from Monterey in the USA is the garage rock band of Miranda Zipse (Bass / Vocals) Jacob Ellzey (Guitar / Vocals) and Tyler Beron (Drums).

Pipsqueak - photo by - Cristobal Miguel

Pipsqueak – photo by – Cristobal Miguel

Hurtling around the room like an escaped hamster, Pipsqueak deliver high-octane fuzziness that dives into the ears causing the listener to join in the frenetic activity. That isn’t to say that the sound is uncontrolled as a technique often employed by the guitars is to cut out of tempo, which gives the music a superb definition.


It is of little surprise that Pipsqueak find themselves busy on the live circuit with their infectious enthusiasm which sears into the audience with a well structured set of songs. The vivacity of the live performance is not lost in recorded translation as the band focuses on the joy of the music rather than perfection, which as you know is always my preference.

The only sadness, is that there is limited material to hear for those not able to get out to see them live and I hope this is rectified over the coming months, as I for one, hope to be able to hear much more of the bubbles of joy that are Pipsqueak.

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El Camino Sutra

El Camino Sutra from Monterey in the USA is garage rock quartet of Keith Damron (Guitar / Vocals), Adam Behan (Drums), Sean Browne (Bass) and CJ Stine (Guitar).

El Camino Sutra - Garage Rock from The USA

El Camino Sutra

Tightly strung guitars slip against slack bass stringing and a equally loosely stretched drum-kit, along side a vocal that reaches for notes to deliver a sound that just demands further investigation as El Camino Sutra fold a scintillating plait of psychedelic garage rock.


The quartet provide the audience with ensnaring tunes, with some elements laden with distortion, others ringing with clarity, which they manage to bring together to offer sounds that are pure enjoyment. About a year into formation El Camino Sutra are capturing the attention of gig goers and their début EP which came out in February – Seaside (available on bandcamp) is well worth adding to the collection.

Combining touches of early ’70s with ’80’s new wave with a splash of the here and now El Camino Sutra is able to create a space of difference. Eschewing the formula oft used by many of their local garage bands of heading towards garage surf, the more psychedelic intonations give the quartet a fair run at gathering a strong fan-base and I certainly wish them well at their shot at the music industry.

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Cheerleader

Cheerleader from Philadelphia in the USA is the indie-pop quintet of Joe HallerChris DuranPaul ImpellizeriJosh Pannepacker and Carl Bahner.

Cheerleader - photo by Carrie Davenport-Photography

Cheerleader – photo by Carrie Davenport-Photography

The bashful cheekiness finds long lost dimples in the cheeks as Cheerleader take the freshness into the realm of Nivea Cream, but for that very naivety there is so much to enjoy.  The preppy effervescence reminds of a puppies desire to please but it the quintets ability to rail in the cloying neediness to add an element of back-bone which marks them out as a band to spend some time to explore.


Although having formed a few years back, through enforced break and a more recent reformation as a full band, it would be fair to say that Cheerleaders are new out of the blocks.

The quintet retain the zingy immaturity of the founding sparks, but as a unit are able to add some darkening embers which gives the music a depth and constituency which raises it far above the gloop. Although light-framed Cheerleaders have a sturdiness which allows them to capture the attention of the audience with well spaced compositions which are able to furl some earth around which would otherwise be pristine white pressed flares and is that juxtaposition of the disposable and the considered which they are able to negotiate, which makes this an out-fit of some joyful interest.

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Cheerleader – EP – Cheerleader is available on iTunes*.

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The Bones of J.R. Jones

The Bones of J.R. Jones – alt-folk from New York in the USA is centred around J.R. Linaberry plus additional players.

The Bones of J.R. Jones - Dark Was The Yearling - artwork

The Bones of J.R. Jones – Dark Was The Yearling – artwork


Creating sounds which evolve out of roots folk and adding a dash of rock ‘n’ roll The Bones of J.R. Jones will leave you with your feet tapping away in tempo. The vaguely dark reflections of the out-put gives the music an atmosphere which captures the mind as a disparity of instruments paint the imagery, whilst an immediate connectivity marks this as music to get to know better.

Live performances across wide swathes of the USA capture the hearts of audiences and the intoxicating sounds transfer equally well to recorded pieces. The music has a haunting melancholic beauty to that transcends borders or genre with the heartfelt connection directly with the listener.

With a few releases behind The Bones Of J.R. Jones, the latest offering, the twelve track Dark Was The Yearling, which came out earlier this year needs to be added to the collection and brought out to play regularly.

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