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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Vånna Inget

Vånna Inget is Karolina (Vocals), Tommy (Guitar), Andréas (Drums), Joel (Keys) and Niklas (Bass) an alt-indie outfit originally from Småland in Sweden, now based in Malmö.

Vånna Inget - alt indie from Sweden

Vånna Inget

Driving indie rock is diffused with the surprising introduction of electronic organ, which lends a gothic feel to the sounds produced by Vånna Inget. Maintaining a forceful progression the songs are given added added texture with the keys that whirl around almost like whisps of smoke inside the tracks.

A distinctive voice makes for a defining sound to Vånna Inget as the music marches forward inside tightly laid percussion and a swooping bass is given pride of place as the lighter guitar plays a lattice to the lower registers. A new LP, their second – the eleven track Ingen Botten was released in Sweden on the 25th October and will be more broadly available on the 1st November.

I particularly enjoy the swooping architecture of the electronic organ that lends Vånna Inget a very marked space and enables the quintet the ability to discover new and engaging spaces in which to deliver the sounds that soar through the room. It is perhaps their earlier life spent in the very Lutherian / Free Church region of Småland that first gave them the idea to include this instrument, regardless of where the idea came from – it is a superb addition.

There is much to enjoy here and I look forward to hearing more of Vånna Inget in the future.

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