Grunk: Grunge, Indie, Punk, Rock. It’s a thing, and so are Motel Pools, who just released their first self titled EP on June 2nd. The album, stemming from the brainpower of California native Chiara Angelicola (also known from Bird Call), was produced with the help of TV on the Radio’s own Kyp Malone, and the influences do not fall unseen. The eclectic mix ranges from the Human Cannonball cover (originally sung by grunge band Butthole Surfer), to the synthesized pop-punk melodies of “Lemme Walk Your Dog”. Each their own tune, they still fall under the direct characterization of Motel Pools’ take on “Grunk”.
Having a chance to speak with Motel Pools’ own, Chiara Angelicola, it was fascinating to catch some of the band’s favorite parts of the release. Angelicola explains the great experience of working with dear friend Kyp Malone throughout the production process; she quotes his “humble and imaginative” character as a huge support in the creation. It also helped that the members of Motel Pools have an excellent friendship, branching back to their meeting in Brooklyn back in 2009. The production process itself remains one of Angelicola’s favorite parts of her artist life. She explains that “the nature and creativity of the process and the steps before any production even happens” is the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the experience in creating any new record or EP. She looks forward to spending the summer busy working on new material (and so do we).
Taking a look at the tracks themselves, the majority are driven by the head banging drums, rock inspired guitar chords and muddled punk vocals. The talent shines through with the complexity and differentiation of each track leaving us wanting more. Angelicola fills us in on her favorite track, “Lemme Walk Your Dog” featuring vocals from Ryan of Man Man. She tells us, “The structure of the song itself is what I’m most used to, but I can take this less seriously than with other projects and add the more playful feel.” Other stand out songs from the EP are Monster Girlfriend and Human Cannonball, both embracing the grunge punk qualities we love most. And if it were 1995, we would find each and every track featured in the most epic punk rock film of the 90’s, Empire Records.
Check out this new EP, and get ready for their west coast tour this summer with NY native band, Vows. And in character of Motel Pools themselves, happy listening weirdos.