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Motel Creeps


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"Motel Creeps"

Motel Creeps' EP, Pleasantries in the Parlor, is rich with dreamy, fuzzy, melodies and Britpop-informed vocals. - Time Out New York

"Editors Pick  "

No less than giagantic, cosmic, euphoric pop that glows red and orange, stoking the fires in the gut. Drawing from shoegaze rock to 80's new wave buoyancy to more current echoes of Coldplay and U2, the Motel Creeps layer in huge towering guitar lines that circle, sway and dive in and out of kinetic beats and crunchy, three-dimensional harmonies. One thing is certain- this album gives the sense of a 360-degree view from atop a peak, clouds seeming to stretch from your fingertips and the world below simplifying into merely what you need to do and what you can let go of. A brilliant disc.
- CD Baby

"Pleasantries in the Parlor"

This EP landed on my desk two weeks ago and it has been in beyond-heavy rotation in my iTunes library ever since. It's so damn easy to connect with... just the right combination of reminscent vibes (the comparisons to Echo and the like are valid) with fresh executions and interpretations. Eric Butler's guitar work is brilliant (and nicely muted where appropriate) and Greg Welch's vocals are right on... with a style and attitude that makes me feel as though I am part of the NYC cool-kid-club just by hearing him sing. I've only heard these four songs, but it already seems to me that these guys have one of the best sounds to come out of the Big Apple in the last few years. I just hope that the rest of the world gets ot hear it also. And soon. - C. Martine - New Brunswick Underground

"in short: rad"

at first i couldn't think of it.  within a split second of hearing the vocals i had been reminded of someone...some band that i couldn't think of and it drove me nuts.  today i pressed play and it popped into my head: alkaline trio!  that's who it is.  the lead vocalist intermittenly displays the harmonizing abilities of matt what's-his-name on "moon boots".  that's not to say that he carries on as so right through the entire disc.  he picks up minor bits of other genres, such as early 90's alterna-rock along the lines of urge overkill and ballad crooning ala morrissey, creating a good mosaic of his vocal capacity. the music is decidedly less punk-centered than ak3 with the delicately lavish atmosphere of a well-produced charlatans uk or stone roses song.  while the vocals play the mainpart, the guitar commands a larger portion of the songs than any other instrument with a semi-clean sound formulating a broad ambience and making sure the tracks lack nothing....there's bascially no down time - the songs are full their whole way through.  they're reportedly working on a full length follow-up to this 4 song ep, which i'll be looking forward to.

"MOTEL CREEPS' EP "Pleasantries In the Parlor""

Fuzzy, melodic, and spacious, The Motel Creeps fill out the room with sound that calls on a deep and moving British tinge and an orchestral stretch. Big sounds crest and crash against soaring guitars and swooning vocals; the noise is placed between the notes with a shoegaze drive, and the vocals are between Julian Cope energy and Ian McCulloch smoothness. This is only four songs, but that's enough to let you know that when the LP hits, you'll be there waiting for it. The guitars hypnotize.. at times with a Chris Whitley spaced out vibration, while the voice transforms into something closer to Jim Morrison fronting a Britpop band - and that's something I'd like to see.

- The Big Take Over - Issue 56 (summer 2005)

"Critics' Pick"

Motel Creeps - at Great Scott on Thursday. Their name is a bit of a groaner, but the bands new CD, "Pleasantries in the Parlor," has earned a buzz for dream pop that has been likend to that of Echo & The Bunnymen.
- The Boston Globe

"Review: Motel Creeps EP"

This four-song debut EP from New York sonic-pop quartet Motel Creeps is a lush, melodic journey full of dreamlike passion. With influences that range from Joy Division to The Cure, this band makes these songs their own in a way that defines this band on its own terms. The opening track, "Moon Boots", is wonderful tune dominated by Eric Butler's beautiful and sophisticated guitar leads. Unfortunately, the second track, "City Girl", falls back into a generic Echo and the Bunnymen-type sound. Greg Welch's vocals do carry these songs, even when the music or lyrics are lacking. This is a talented band that is developing quite a following in the New York club scene. With focused direction and a talented producer, the debut full-length from this band might be something to watch out for. - Dug

"The most noticeable thing about Motel Creeps' Pleasantries"

The most noticeable thing about Motel Creeps' Pleasantries in the Parlor upon the initial listen is the immense production. The debut, 4 song EP sounds like the band took more than a couple of production cues from '90s rockers like Catherine Wheel and the Stone Roses. In today's post-punk and garage rock climate, the production alone has considerable effect making the band stand out among many of its New York City peers. However, Motel Creeps don't rely on production alone to captivate the listener. Throughout the EP, Eric Butler's melodic guitars couple with the very capable rhythm section to provide a lush sonic backdrop to Greg Welch's vivid lyrics. The opening track, "Moon Boots," is immediately engrossing. Deep, layered guitars flood the speakers, setting the stage for the cadenced, celestial lyrics. On "City Girl," the driving rhythm provides the backbone of the song's '80s-pop melody and arching chorus. Pleasantries in the Parlor combines the most accessible aspects of two decades of music by couching '80s pop melodies with '90s Brit-rock guitar and production. At times the EP simply alternates between the two styles, but is at its best (during "Moon Boots," and the chorus of "City Girl) when they are fully in stride. -- David Brecheisen -

"Pleasantries In The Parlor from New York indie band"

Pros: vocal styling Cons: it's only 4 songs long.
Pleasantries In The Parlor an EP from New York indie band Motel Creeps is a four song trip back in time. With a sound like that of late 70's and early 80's soft rock and a bit of the trend that came in with the retro dirty rockers from the same state.

The lead singer sounds a bit influenced by the somber sounds of the 80's in the form of bands like The Smiths and The Cure, but he doesn't come across sounding identical to them. It's a very soothing voice, the kind that could sing the phone book and it wouldn't matter. It's a voice that would be great to hear singing you to sleep every night. There are lots of retro influences in the sounds of the EP as well, but a bit like the Strokes too. With wailing guitar solos in each song, some lasting longer than the song itself it seems. But along with each musical interlude you become more and more impressed with the talent of these guys. For only four songs it's a great listen, something that would be amazing for laying down at the end of a long day and mellowing out with.


"What an unbelievably great little band we've got here."

What an unbelievably great little band we've got here. Their knack for song craft is without peer and somehow they mangle pop and melodies in a way that The Smiths tried but were too wrapped around Morissey's melancholies. It's so incredibly smooth and polished that it almost seems like it must have been faked in some mammoth major label studio instead of being recorded at Hoboken's The Pigeon Club. Apparently these guys have a thing for production and I just wonder what the hell they could do with an unlimited budget.


The Gifts of Happenstance (set for relaunch in 09)
1. Our Last Hour
2. Sheba
3. On the trail of your scent
4. Restless
5. The Florist
6. Loose Lips
7. Leave without a sound
8. Moonboots
9. Surrender at Appomattox
10. History

Pleasantries in the Parlor (9/2004)
1. Moon Boots
2. City Girl
3. Gun For Hire
4. OceanStorm



"The Gifts of Happenstance," a richly sensual and reflective debut LP from NYC's Motel Creeps, is a clutch of finely crafted pop songs in the tradition of Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, and other types of shoegaze infused brit-pop. With the Motel Creeps' growing reputation for energized, charismatic live shows, dreamy pop hooks, and lyric artistry, this band is quickly stepping into the indie rock spotlight.

Recorded at Hoboken NJ's The Pigeon Club, "The Gifts of Happenstance" owes it's complex sound to the band's obsession with production. Each song here is carefully constructed and layered for a wonderfully spacious feel. From the first track, Greg Welch's beautifully poetic cadence and low, dark crooning voice soar around the tapestry of guitarist Eric Butler's lush, pedal drenched guitar work. John Vitelli's bass lines perfectly accent the melody, while Jim Connolly's driving brit-pop influenced drums please the ear with every satisfyingly-placed crash. All this adds up to a cohesive vision, not often captured in a debut effort.

In April of 2004 Motel Creeps formed in New York City as a quartet and shortly thereafter recorded their very first EP entitled "Pleasantries in the Parlor." The EP garnered rave reviews from indie rock press and put them on the map.

The band is currently keeping up their busy schedule of NYC area shows, with planned forays into DC, Philly, Boston and other nearby metropolises. Be on the lookout for news of tour dates on tap for this summer.