5111 Basement Studio Sessions
by Katie Sauro
Thunderbird Motel only played their first show a little over six months ago—having to borrow equipment from friends and fellow late-60s reincarnates Iceage Cobra to do so—but the band’s sound, even at their earliest stages, was impressive. The quartet has come quite a long way since that fateful night, having since become staples at local taverns and bars, which tend to accommodate the band’s gritty garage rock impeccably, and having self-released a six-track demo/EP. The demo finds Thunderbird Motel experimenting with bluesy, Black Keys-inspired guitar solos, and an edgier, lo-fi sound that leans more toward Sonics-era garage rock—finding a fuzzy middleground on songs like “Black Eye” and “No Room at the Top.” The boys—Morgan, Mike, Brian and Brittian—have quite a few shows coming up, including two next weekend, so check out these rock ‘n roll revivalists for yourself.
Thunderbird Motel will be playing the Wig-sponsored July 21 show at the Comet with River City Rebels, Seaweed Jack and Broken Smokes.
More on Thunderbird Motel: www.myspace.com/thunderbirdmotel.