Nevada’s Memory Motel have a distinct way about writing songs; their tracks all have this mystical-gloomy atmosphere, and with a touch of psychedelicness, it warps you into a whole, new sound you’ll be glad to discover. AMBY really wanted to know more about this group, so in this very amusing and fun interview, we spoke with Memory Motel about breaking gear, breaking heads, and breaking into the music industry!
AMBY: Hello Memory Motel. How are you all doing?
Memory Motel: We’re doing great, thank you!
AMBY: What’s a word for each band member that describes their personality?
Ben: Crisp (or meathead)
Chris: Absent minded
AMBY: What’s the story behind the name Memory Motel?
Chris: I was watching the movie, “the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” and saw that the main character played by Jim Carey takes a train up to Montauk. I thought Montauk would be a cool name for a band so I searched online for it and like 1249071062894 other bands had the name “montauk” So i researched a little more about Montauk, found out there was this conspiracy theory about an alleged government program called “the monauk project” that was researching mind control, time travel, all this crazy shit…. Well it turns out that there are also 1984962 bands called “the montauk project” so I then did a little more research and found out about the Memory Motel, which was a motel in montauk that Andy Warhol used to own,(I’m a huge Warhol fan) and the stones stayed there and wrote a song about it. When I found out no one had a band with that name, I realized it had to be done. Also Reno has a history of all these run down Motels from the 40’s that I’ve always found fascinating. So that was another connection.
AMBY: You recently played a show with Band of Skulls and We Are Augustines! What was that experience like?
Memory Motel: It was amazing! I learn a great deal by watching national acts and seeing just how meticulously organized they are, and opening for a band you got to see at Coachella last year isn’t half bad either!
AMBY: The band lists many influences on your Facebook page, so if you could have dinner with just three, who would they be?
Chris: Umm most probably Radiohead, Flying Lotus and Jack White.
Sam: James Brown
Ben: Sigur Ros
AMBY: You’ve had the opportunity of being in the studio with your “heroes” Incan Abraham. What was the best part of being in the studio together?
Memory Motel: Probably just getting to know them, and realizing, these guys who you’ve been listening to for years are in the same boat as you, and deal with the same problems. They struggle just as much as you do.
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Chris: This is an older one, but we were playing one time with a band called The Drowning Men, I noticed during their soundcheck that both us and The Drowning Men use a theremin coincidentally. …. so right before we played the song in our set that features theremin, my theremin broke. I then had the distinct pleasure to ask from the stage “may I borrow your theremin? Mine appears to be broken.”
Sam: About half an hour before the Band of Skulls show, I smashed my head into a metal door at a convenience store, and split it wide open. I didn’t have time to do anything but try to close it with a couple small bandaids and stop the bleeding with some bar napkins. It was alright until the set started and I started moving around the stage, when it just bled out all over my head.
Ben: I busted a hole through my snare at a show, my bass drum legs actually broke when we played with Band of Skulls, and my throne broke with Incan Abraham. And I have the least amount of stuff that could go wrong.
Chris: Needless to say, stuff breaks all the time for us.
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least in an elevator with?
Chris: Most like, probably Hunter S. Thompson…. Least, probably anybody who has no other interests aside from “partying bro”… there’s a lot of those types in Reno.
Sam: Katy Perry (pre- Russel Brand) Least: Gilbert Gottfreid
Ben: most: My girlfriend, Alyssa, or Neil De Grasse Tyson.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Memory Motel: Just working on our album more, our first tour, and getting to meet more bands and make new friends
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Memory Motel that nobody knows yet?
Chris: I dunno if it looks like it from the outside, but we are actually kinda new to this game, and we really are just learning this stuff as we go along.
Thank you very much Memory Motel, for giving us your answers!