7 months as a band, 6000 hits on a debut single and a sold out show on Swansea Kingsways finest venue. This is Motel Thieves -one of the most exciting bands to emerge in the last year...
How was the show? How do you feel?
Matt: Fucking sick!
Cal: And weve already dropped the f bomb. It was crazy
Sam: It was next level. The amount of people that were at door at 7, we already had a massive queue.
I couldnt believe how packed out it was!
Jake: We honestly werent expecting that at all and we appreciate it a lot.
Callum: Behind the scenes, we practice a lot. So Its nice when it finally shows and you play such a nice gig to the people who really appreciate it. Its a nice feeling!
What sets you aside from the other local bands? Whats your edge ?
Callum: Were different, theres no other band in Swansea like us. We just enjoy it so much, we try and make that come across to the crowd that were there purely to have fun. We always try and maximise the fun in a show.
Sam: And we want it. We really, really want it and I think that comes across. You see some bands look like they really cant be bothered and theres no effort there. But we try and show that effort at our shows. With us, its 100% all the time.
Well I remember you guys playing when you first started seven months ago and in that time your performance has come along massively. Did you ever sit down and discuss the performance side of it or did it come organically ?
Callum: We had a line up change which made a difference. Evan joined after our first gig and then things started to click musically. Just a practice or two after that, we wrote Stitches and it all came organically from there. It was that final click really. Weve never looked back.
Sam: I feel like our newer shows over the last two months have had a lot more structure to them. Its still loose and fun but there is that -
Evan: Dynamics and steps, interesting parts in the right places. it builds the show and leaves it all memorable. Especially how its started and ended.
I loved what you did with that acoustic track...
Callum: We sort of had to put it there as a little breather. It was going so fast we had to get people to relax a little bit.
Evan: Thats one thing right I felt it was really intimate.
So stitches how long has that been out now? 3 weeks?
All: 2 weeks
Wow, and its got how many hits? 6000!
Evan: 500 hits in America as well.
Youve broken the continent already! It took the Beatles 3 years for that.
Sam: In the first week we had a thousand and then the second week it shot up.
Evan: In one night we had 1,200 and we called each other like boys
I swear its doubled!
Jake: Every day since its been released, the first thing Ive done every day and every morning is wake up and check it.
Callum: Were so eager to know what people think about it. We
put a lot of work into it and we wanted to make sure its the best
first single for us.
Matt: I feel like were a summer band no matter what the time of year!
Like fuck it shorts and sandals on in December
Evan: Exactly! Were that guy!
Wed actually like to say thank you to our two listeners in Morocco. One in Taiwan. Singapore.
Callum: Its crazy to think people all around the world can listen to our music.
So obviously this single will continue to grow you guys quite a bit. Do you have any plans for an EP release down the line?
Sam: I think at the moment were just going with the flow.
Jake: Likely therell be another single before we go with a full EP
Callum: The reaction to Stitches has just made us want it even more. We want to get back in the studio and do another track.
Well I was listening to the single and your set and I was thinking Damn I could really listen to more of this . Like that acoustic track, is that a cover or an original if you dont mind me asking?
Jake: Thats ours. Future is now its called
Wow! Honestly I was listening to that and it sounded almost too good to be true it was incredible.
Callum: Thank you so much.
Im really excited to see where you guys go next. Do you want to talk a bit about your next big headline show?
Sam: Lets see. Hometown Shows Sin City 6th September.
What should we expect to see?
Evan: Indie Madness. Indie gigs are just fun theres moshes but there are kind moshes
Callum: Its a balance between you get people dancing but you
get moshes too.
I can vouch for that. Right lads any final words/ plugs for the readers.
Sam: Stitches is out now on Apple Music, Spotify all major streaming platforms so go check it out!
Read Dom's review of the gig here...