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Goodbye Motel

Richmond, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Richmond, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Alternative Rock


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The Charger Bulletin
Goodbyemotel Impresses with People EP
by Ashley Winward | November 6, 2013
Entertainment, Music, PULP

When I was introduced to Goodbyemotel, they already had a formula set to steal my heart; Aussie natives looking to break through in the U.S. music market with gorgeous smiles and even more beautiful voices (with accents!)

Don’t let the Australian charm steal you away just yet though ladies, these guys are so much more than their homeland.

The formation of the band was somewhat a chance meeting; coming together after crossing paths so many times in the Melbourne music scene. Their music on the other hand, is nothing to be considered lucky. Picking up a member in their move to NYC, the group is already making great strides in the industry with their songs being featured on shows like Gossip Girl, Covert Affairs and Suits.

The People EP is a classic example of deliberate musical simplicity that I think gets overlooked these days with auto tune and synthetic sound overtaking the forefront of many genres. Consider Goodbyemotel a palate cleanser for your ears; clean, crisp, and ready to clear your head.

The EP starts out strong with their single, “Set It Off,” and I was instantly hypnotized by lead singer Gustaf Sjodin Enstrom’s voice. There’s just something indescribable that resonates about his voice with me that puts me at ease. The piano melody at the opening reminds me of the song “Boston” by Augustana, while their music as a whole reminds me of the band, A Great Big World. The nuances in the song, piano and strings peeking out behind gritty guitar riffs and drums, give layers and drama so effortlessly. It’s no wonder that you’ve heard this single all over TV shows and in movies recently; it was easily my favorite track on the whole EP.

“Michael,” has some beautiful harmonizing in the opening, with some killer drum hits throughout the song. The lyrics really grabbed me for their profundity— “Nothing really matters, when you’re walking in the spotlight you’re bound to fall.” I found myself listening to this song several times to really get the feel of the lyrics mixing perfectly with the instrumentation.

“Graham Calendar,” also opens with some very pointed lyrics— “We the judge and jury find, Graham Calendar not guilty of his crimes.” The rest of the song takes the listener on a journey, telling a story as the chugging bass line pulls you along. I always have a soft spot in my heart for story-telling songs, because they’re so easy to get hooked on. Plus, the ability to tell stories to music I think is the backbone of music as a whole; these guys do it very well!

The EP closes out with a quiet, slower track called “Information.” I love the placement of the song within the four-song EP, because it allows for some sort of resolve after the buildup of the first three tracks. “Information,” is one of those songs that just washes over you and leaves you feeling at ease and in a great mood. The music slows, decrescendos, and leaves you on one fading note to resonate in the silence. It was the perfect way to end the EP, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

Check out Goodbyemotel at, they’re expecting a new album to come out soon, and if it is anything like the People EP, I will be the first in line to pick it up! - The Charger Bulletin

"The many dimensions of goodbyemotel"

"The boys have worked hard to perfect their instruments and incorporate their many talents into the concerts. The live experience is akin to the quality you’ll find on the recordings and, perhaps most impressive, the visual elements of the show have been crafted by the band members themselves." -Nik Lone - Informant Daily

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Hailing from Melbourne, indie-rock quintet goodbyemotel is ready to take New York by storm
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Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Tess Gruenberg

goodbyemotel is an Australian indie rock quintet is best known for their catchy hooks and visceral 4d live shows. The first single off the People EP, “Set It Off” was a runaway success--landing them a spot on the Gossip Girl soundtrack, and a Chrysler 300 commercial in Australia, seen here.

After the first show of thier Rockwood Music Hall residency last week, we sat down with Vocalist Gustaf Sjodin Enstrom.

How did the band start?

It was a collaboration. The guys had played together for one or two years. And they just kind of picked me up at a bar, you could say. They came up to me after a show and gave me a cd and asked me if I wanted to jam. Since then, we've been playing together. It's been two years now.

Is this your first time playing in the states?

We've played a few shows. We recorded an album here about a year and a half ago, so we've definitely done some time here.

Is everyone in the band Australian?

Everyones except for the drummer. He's from Brooklyn.

How'd you get into music? Who inspires you?

I've listened to music my whole life; started off listening to Michael Jackson. I got my first guitar at 6. I've been in a lot of different bands. I love all types of music: Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd. You know, everything!

How would you describe your sound?

Somewhere teetering between rock and alternative.

How did you incorproate visuals into your show?

Some of the guys in the band have a lot of experience with visual material. They do a lot of production work. They started making visual material and pairing it with our sound. Next thing you know, we'd come up with this new concept of 3d visual material and live music-- making it a 4d muisc experience. We're the first to do this, which is really great. We're refining it as we go.

You guys started out with just a normal musical show. How would you differentiate the crowd's response from just sound to this added visual experience?

It's all about how they interact persoanlly with the experience. With the 3D, you have the glasses on and you get to observe the experience. And you can't really see us, so I guess it's a reaction to how the music fits on the screen. Every show is different.

What's next for the band?

We're here for another six months. This is the first show in NY. We'll be in NY for the next month. We're heading to LA and then Japan.

How would you describe the difference between the music culture of Melbourne and New York?

Since we've come here, we've realized NY really seems to suit us. People seem to react well here and we couldn't ask for more. Australia is also very good. There's a huge music scene, just like here, but people are a bit more cynical in Australia when it comes to music. It's a different attitude. People here are up for going out on a Thursday night to see a band. Everyone is a lot more open minded.

It's definitely a more open culture.

I think so... and It's definitely an a international pub. People pass through from everywhere here.The energy is high in this city and you never really know what you're going to get. Melbourne is also fantastic, but it's a bit of a bubble. It doesn't experience international music on a local basis.

Catch goodbyemotel during their Rockwood Music Hall residency each Thursday this month. -

"SXSW Artist Preview"

goodbyemotel – SXSW Artist Preview

We are an experimental live-visuals, multimedia, rock feast. We fuse indie rock with sounds from outta space. We have drums, guitars, bass, synth bass, keyboards, lights and a projector. We have come all the way from Australia. We now live in NYC.

As a lead-up to South by Southwest, The Noise Room is talking to bands and artists performing at SXSW. Here’s what Dave Schmidt, keyboardist and vocalist of goodbyemotel had to say:

What do like most about playing at SXSW?

I’ve never played before. But I’m assuming I will just have all of the music in the world at my finger tips!

Are you out promoting anything?

We are promoting our new 4D show. As well as our up and coming album.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?

Gossling, Goldroom.. any band that starts with a “G” really.. oh.. and maybe some films.

What are the challenges for you or your band when playing at SXSW?

Not getting bed bugs.

Do you have any survival tips for those attending SXSW?

Again.. I’ve never been. But I would say.. get a room that you can totally black out so that you can sleep at any time of the day.

Are you more “stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene” or “play as many shows as possible then get out”?

Play as many shows as possible AND check out and enjoy the scene. BOTH!

What are your SXSW Show Times?

WED 12:15pm – SPIN/Vans House @ Mohawk
WED 7:00pm – Rusty’s
THURS 10:00pm – DEVISE Magazine Launch Party @ Big Band

What is the best way for people to contact and connect with you?

Is there anything you’d like to add?

We are super excited! Woot Woot! - The Noise Room

"MP3 at 3 goodbyemotel"

Australian indie band Goodbye Motel, now based in NYC, will release debut full-length If later this year. In the meantime, check out the quartet’s latest single, - Magnet Magazine

"After Dark : goodbyemotel"

"21st-century emotion-crescendo arena rock with a dance-club thump. Enhanced by "The 4D Live Music Experience." -JeffSpevack -

"goodbyemotel on the rise"

Being the first act of the day, and never having heard of the band previously, I was certain this opening act would live up to the stereotype of all opening acts... Mediocrity. To say I was blown away, would be the understatement of the year.

Upon entering Mohawk, I was handed a pair of 3D glasses and rushed into the standing room venue; goodbyemotel had just begun their set. The song "Hurricane" was blaring from the speakers and a translucent screen draped over the front of the stage while the band played passionately behind. Synchronized 3D projections flashed across the screen, blanketing the audience in a field of shooting star-like images. It was an atmospheric and mind-bending affair that blew not only my sense of sound, but also of sight in an experience unlike any other I've had the pleasure of taking part in. - Halfstack Magazine


"It’s been an eventful last year for goodbyemotel, the Australian pop/rock band with key placements on several television shows and a dynamic live show. The former might open some doors, but it’s the latter — an inventive 4-D concert experience — that should cement their place as a breakout band here in the States as fans get the chance to see it for themselves." -Matt Conner - Stereo Subversion


IF Album (to be released in 2014) (Nice Bike Records)
People EP 2013 (Nice Bike Records)

"Set it off" single 2013



Forward-thinking Aussie collective bases itself in New York in support of smash single Set It Off and the acclaimed People EP. Set it off featured in Chryslers national TV ad campaign and on the TV series Gossip Girl, Covert Affairs and Suits.

"goodbyemotel are so good they dont need to capitalize their band name on the cusp of stardom"
Huffington Post (U.S.)

"Your new favorite band = goodbyemotel" The Brag, Sydney Australia

goodbyemotel have recently released their single "Set it off" taken from their latest EP "People. Recorded by the band in a beach house on the Australian coast.

Set it off received major Australian radio play and is now causing a stir on US radio. They have just completed a string of live media performances including major US political website/blog Huffington Post and performing at SXSW playing the Spin Media Party and New Yorks CMJ festival for 3 years running. The Set it off music video won the MTVu freshmen spot, was added to Music Choice with glowing reviews pouring in.

goodbyemotel are now based in New York and touring North American for Set it off. They also just returned from a very successful first tour of Japan.

Innovation is at the very heart of goodbyemotel so it is no surprise that their live show should follow in this mindset. The band has created a unique 4D live music experience that infuses several artistic elements including film, 3D and live music all into one sublime live experience. They debuted their 4D live video concept show in New York. The 4D show has graced stages in the US, UK, Australia and Japan

Fronted by 21 year old Swedish/Australian singer/guitarist Gustaf Sjodin Enstrom along with Aussies Tom Marks, Scott Pioro, David Schmidt and New Yorker Paul Amorese. They spent 6 months living together 2012 based in New York writing and recording their new album IF with producer Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush) and mixed by Ken Thomas (M83, Sigur Ros). They took advantage of NYCs generous musical melting pot calling in Gerry Leonard (David Bowie) and Tony Levin (John Lennon, Lou Reed) for some contributions to the album. The new album titled IF is due out in mid 2014.

goodbyemotel started to take shape after members kept crossing paths in the local Melbourne music scene. They soon realized they all shared the same musical concepts and ideas. Not long after goodbyemotel released their debut EP Information which started the ball rolling for the band.

Their second EP end/play was recorded in an old church converted into a studio in Melbourne with producer Kalju Tonuma (Crowded House, Evermore) The EP received some amazing reviews such as If this EP doesnt conquer the world then there is seriously something wrong Jeff Jenkins Howzat

Their debut album the self titled goodbyemotel, which was three years in the making, also started out in a beach house on the Victorian great ocean road. Following the albums release the song Watching you won a song competition in the US and featured in the End child slavery national TV and MTV campaigns.

The IF cover art was done by Storm Thorgerson, the album designer who created album sleeves for most of Pink Floyds catalogue including the iconic Dark side of the moon. After listening to their music and meeting the band, he felt compelled to do goodbyemotels artwork for IF. Being huge Pink Floyd fans, this was a major coup for the guys.

Currently touring the People Ep throughout the US.

Band Members