Motel Radio, Airpark

Proud Larry's Presents...

Motel Radio


Thu · February 8, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

Motel Radio
Motel Radio
Motel Radio is a rock band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Formed in 2014, the band has approached songwriting with a reverence for past influences coupled with an enthusiasm for contemporary artists. As a result, Motel Radio has developed a sound that is rooted in Americana, yet constantly evolving.

Texas natives Ian Wellman and Winston Triolo began their songwriting collaboration while attending college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where they would meet fellow musicians Eric Lloyd (drums) and Andrew Pancamo (bass).The band cut its teeth in the college bar circuit, all the while continuing to be heavily influenced by independent songwriters in the area.

In 2015, the band moved to New Orleans and immersed itself in the vibrant music scene.Motel Radio recorded its debut EP, Days and Nights, at Listen Up! Studios with local musician and producer, Mike Seaman. Building on a local following after the release of Days and Nights, the band was added to the Simple Play Presents artist management roster in Fall 2015. David Hart (keys), local musician and engineer at Bear America Records, joined the group shortly thereafter.

Since relocating to New Orleans, Motel Radio has had the privilege of opening for national acts such as Kristin Diable and Drive–By Truckers. Lauren Lola Victor, a columnist for Live for Live Music stated, “Their [Motel Radio] love for music and genuine connection to one another was evident by their performance. Their cohesion and enjoyment touched the crowd and raised the spirit and energy levels in the room.”

In November of 2015, Motel Radio travelled to the historic Dockside Studio in Maurice,Louisiana to begin tracking the band’s debut album with help from producers Justin Tocket and Ben Alleman. The band is looking forward to releasing new material and continuing to add tour dates to an active year in 2016.
Airpark makes forward-thinking pop music.

Inspired by melody and groove-heavy percussion, Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford debuted the duo in 2016. Their new musical approach was born after The Apache Relay, a six-piece band armed with a thick, wall-of-sound approach, quietly called it quits.

Airpark's latest EP release, Early Works, Volume 2, will be released by the band's own label, Eugenia Hall Records, on September 15, 2017. The release arrives six months after their debut, Early Works, Volume 1, which showcased the duo's ability to create evocative moments with the most minimal of instrumentation.

That sense of minimalism gave way to something heartier as the band began touring the country in early 2017, playing more than 100 shows during the year. Along the way, Airpark bolstered its ranks to a four-piece band for live performances. As the musicians played together, their evolving atmospheric grooves made room for synthesizers, brotherly harmonies, syncopated guitars, melodic hooks and a globally-percussive punch. The foundation for Volume 2 was in place.

Back home in Nashville, Airpark recorded Early Works, Volume 2, with engineer and co-producer Ryan McFadden (Torres, Tony Joe White). The tracks were mixed by engineer Gavin Paddock (ZZ Ward, Valerie June) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys). A bold expansion of the band's original sound, these four songs show the brothers' ability to connect with the listener in both the loudest and most intimate of songs.

Michael comes to terms with his inner rage in the propulsive "Le Tigre," then woos a potential lover in "Dream Beam," whose chorus finds him howling falsetto melodies over a nocturnal, bedroom beat. To close the collection, Ben assumes the front man role on "Blue Eyed Spaniard," resulting in arguably the EP’s most ambitious moment.

Airpark’s evolution on Early Works, Volume 2 targets the feet and the head. It's pop music for thinkers. It’s the sound of two brothers continuing to create art with little outside help, pairing their own ambition with musical chops to match.
Venue Information:
Proud Larry's
211 S Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS, 38655