Mexican Motel

by Western Stars

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Nine months after Melbourne indie-rock four-piece Western Stars (featuring members of Telecom, The Cheats, Riff Random and Shooting at Unarmed Men) peacocked into a recording studio to make a record, the band’s debut single Mexican Motel is out of quarantine. Thematically anchored in the netherworlds of dealers and degenerates who idle away their daytimes in cheap motels, the song affectionately harks back to the lackadaisical heyday of slacker-rock deities Pavement and Dinosaur Jr, pairing a hearty blast of paranoiac guitar solo overload with Xanaxed pop vocals.


Down by the Mexican Motel
No Vacancy sign always blinking to lure non-junkies to stay
Spinning the ashtray like Russian roulette
Betting on black all the overdue rent
I even took a shower
Reside in bars during daylight hours
Happy hour ain't that happy at all
Thought it was late and I had ruined plans
Squinted and realised that that was just the second hand
All outta coke or a little bit left?
A bump and a tug and I'll probably forget


released May 5, 2014
Band: Nick Roe (guitarist/singer-songwriter); Julian Tovey (guitarist/singer-songwriter); Josh Jennings (bass/singer-songwriter); Tom Cooper / Lee J Johnson (drums)
Single art work: Goran Fak.
Produced by: Western Stars
Mixed and engineered by: Robbie Adams
Background Photo: Matt Molloy
Instruments used: Fenders Jaguar, B-Bender, Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass, Rickenbacker, Grey Picks, Tama Drums, Wooden Sticks, Shiny Cymbals.



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