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Fire Note Says: Dumb Gold from Motel Beds is no fool!
It may have surprised some people when last year's Motel Beds release, Tango Boys, made our Top 50 after only being out several days but with the release of their brand new full length, Dumb Gold, you will realize we were spot on. This record not only carries forward the same energy of Tango but makes their tight song structures and execution even tighter.
From the opening rocker "Smoke Your Homework" the band grabs your attention with the double guitar attack of Darryl Robbins and Tommy Cooper leading this complex but clean indie approach as frontman Paul John Paslosky cries out "So come on, come on, come onnnn!" It is this type of controlled urgency that boosts the Motel Beds tracks to the next level and leaves the listener wanting more. More is exactly what you get as "Valentimes" starts off with the strong rhythmic pattern drumming of Ian Kaplan that serves as the songs backbone before its swaying and swirling instruments take over and the band call out "Take take take take your money" will have you singing along instantly. The Motel Beds definitely showcase their ability to turn the volume knob up here but their ability to shift gears down is a true high mark for Dumb Gold.
|Francesca Tamse 2012|
Key Tracks: "Smoke Your Homework", "Oh Me, Oh My", "Overlapping Planes"
Bands With Similar Fire:
Motel Beds: Tango Boys [Fire Note Review 12/8/11] [#48 Top 50 of 2011]
Motel Beds: Feelings [Fire Note Review 11/30/10]
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony