Motel Blonde – 3 Song Demo CD (2004, self released): I always liked the band the GC5. I mean, I liked them in that tangential way that I feel has sort of gone by the wayside since everything ever has become super available. I had a few songs on compilations and one or two MP3s from their website on my computer. Well, I was excited when I went to a show (Mexican Cheerleader’s record release, with the Soviettes, Arrivals, and Repos) that ended up featuring a group of ex GC5 members. That band was Motel Blonde. They took the raw, straight forward, catchy punk rock of GC5 and mixed it with something more laid-back. A little bit of The Boss, a little bit of CCR maybe, even a touch of country. I mean, there are horns on the first song. I won’t get into the harmonica or acoustic guitar (I just did). All that said ,these songs are well-written, catchy, and memorable. When I throw these tracks on, I instantly recognize them even after an extended absence from them. And, if you’re missing the vibe GC5 had, the final song on this will get your juices flowing just fine.
I don’t know if this band ever did anything beyond this demo, but I can say one thing: these songs hold up.
Since there’s no artwork for the demo, I included a scan of the Fireside Bowl/Bottom Lounge shows list that I had stuffed into the paper sleeve. This list was from 2004. Bonus points if you can guess what shows I attended from this list.