Pottery have detailed their debut LP – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel – out 26th June 2020 via Partisan Records (Fontaines DC, IDLES, Cigarettes After Sex), and shared the album’s double-decker single ‘Texas Drums Pt I & II‘.

A celebration of rhythm and groove, Welcome To Bobby’s Motel invites you to set yourself free, veering from highbrow motorik instrumentation to moments of playful discord. ‘Texas Drums Pt I & II’ combines cultish chants with a trippy wall-of-noise breakdown, paying tribute to the simple joys of percussion. The song is accompanied by a music video (for Pt. I only) that gives a surrealist look into the lives of a pair of unibrowed brothers. The clip is directed by the band’s Paul Jacobs and Jacob Shepansky alongside Meagan Callen in collaboration with Montreal based filmmaker Charlie Coote.
Listen to ‘Texas Drums Pt I & II’ here:
Watch the video for ‘Texas Drums Pt I’ here:
Welcome To Bobby’s Motel was produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet CourtsSnail Mail) and recorded at Montreal’s Break Glass studio. Although he occupies a central role within the album’s 11 tracks, it should be noted that Bobby is not technically a real person, and Bobby’s Motel is not a real place. Here’s how the band explains the makeup of this psychedelic dreamworld:
“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.”
Behind their acclaimed debut EP, No. 1, last year, Pottery toured with Parquet CourtsThee Oh SeesViagra Boys and Fontaines D.C.; played festivals including Green ManEnd of the RoadSXSWThe Great Escape and Iceland Airwaves; and earned early praise fromThe FaderStereogumRolling Stone,DIYNMEThe TimesThe Line of Best FitThe Sunday TimesClashThe Metro, So Young and Gorilla vs Bear, who said “Excuse us for getting caught up in the hype, but go see them play and then try to tell us we’re wrong.” 
The latest taster from their much-anticipated debut album is‘Hot Heater‘, premiered by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music, ‘Hot Heater’ more than lives up to its incendiary billing: all chugging low-end, blasts of disco beats and tribal chants from the Pottery crew.
Listen to ‘Hot Heater’ here:
Discussing that track’s genesis, the band say: “While there are hints of environmental themes on this one, we mainly wanted to make a disco song with a robotic feeling, something that could be easily chanted. Austin was originally really interested in heat as a musical concept/feeling – some of the early album titles we threw around were Hot Hot Hot and Sun Fever – and there are a bunch of other heat references on the album [see previous single ‘Hot Like Jungle’]. In the studio he’d be joking around and yelling stuff at us like “let’s make it hot!” right before a take. A lot of that didn’t end up totally sinking in, but some did… like on this song.”

Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel

Partisan Records – 26th June 2020

1. Welcome To Bobby’s Motel
2. Hot Heater
3. Under the Wires
4. Bobby’s Forecast
5. Down in the Dumps
6. Reflection
8. NY Inn
9. What’s in Fashion
10. Take Your Time
11. Hot Like Jungle
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