Now Playing: Pottery – 'Texas Drums Pt I & II'

Monday, February 10, 2020
Photo by Luke Orlando

Montreal-based band Pottery are back at it again with their electrifying new song ‘Texas Drums Pt I & II’. Their latest cut is a sneak preview of their forthcoming debut LP Welcome To Bobby’s Motel, which is due to be released on April 10th via Partisan Records.

The band serves up double the fun with ‘Texas Drums Pt I & II’, featuring two parts that are equally as invigorating and spectacular. The first portion is a spirited and lively offering before becoming much more trippy as the song progresses. The band have also shared the music video for 'Pt I', which was directed by the band's Paul Jacobs and Jacob Shepansky alongside Meagan Callen in collaboration with Montreal based filmmaker Charlie Coote.

Their album was produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Snail Mail) and is set to feature eleven tracks. In their words, Pottery said on the album:

Who is “Bobby,” you ask?

Enter Pottery. Enter Paul Jacobs, Jacob Shepansky, Austin Boylan, Tom Gould, and Peter Baylis. Enter the smells, the cigarettes, the noise, their van Mary, their friend Luke, toilet drawings, Northern California, Beatles accents, Taco Bell, the Great Plains, and hot dogs. Enter love and hate, angst and happiness, and everything in between. Beginning as an inside joke between the band members, Bobby and his “motel” have grown into so much more. They’ve become the all-encompassing alt-reality that the band built themselves, for everyone else. So, in essence, Bobby is Pottery and his motel is wherever they are.

But really, Bobby is a pilot, a lumberjack, a stay at home dad, and a disco dancer that never rips his pants. He's a punching bag filled with comic relief. He laughs in the face of day-to-day ambiguity, as worrying isn’t worth it to Bobby. There’s a piece of him in everyone, there to remind us that things are probably going to work out, maybe. He’s you. He’s him. He’s her. He’s them. Bobby is always there, painted in the corner, urging you to relax and forget about your useless worries. And his motel? Well, the motel is life. It might not be clean, and the curtains might not shut all the way. The air conditioner might be broken, and the floors might be stained. But that’s okay, because you don’t go to Bobby’s Motel for the glamour and a good night’s sleep, the minibar, or the full-service sauna. You go to Bobby’s Motel to feel, to escape, to remember, to distract. You go for the late nights and early mornings, good times and the bad. You might spend your entire life looking for Bobby’s Motel and just when you think you will never find it, you realize you’ve been there all along. It’s filthy and amazing and you dance, and you love it.

Check out ‘Texas Drums Pt I & II’ by Pottery below.

Written by Kristy Smolcic 

Read our interview with Pottery during Iceland Airwaves 2019 here.

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