(http://www.motelcreeps.com) The Gifts of Happenstance, a richly sensual and reflective debut LP from NYC's Motel Creeps, is a clutch of finely crafted pop songs in the tradition of Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, and other types of shoegaze infused brit-pop. With the Motel Creeps' growing reputation for energized, charismatic live shows, dreamy pop hooks, and lyric artistry, this band is quickly stepping out from the pack of pop-rock poseurs and into the Big Apple's spotlight.
Recorded at Hoboken's The Pigeon Club, The Gifts of Happenstance owes it's complex sound to the band's obsession with production. Each song here is carefully constructed and layered for a wonderfully spacious feel. From the first track, Greg Welch's beautifully poetic cadence and low, dark crooning voice soar around the tapestry of guitarist Eric Butler's lush, pedal drenched guitar work. John Vitelli's bass lines perfectly accent the melody, while Jim Connolly's driving brit-pop influenced drums please the ear with every satisfyingly-placed crash. All this adds up to a cohesive vision, not often captured in a debut effort.
In April of 2004 Motel Creeps formed in New York City as a quartet and shortly thereafter recorded their very first EP entitled Pleasantries in the Parlor. The EP garnered rave reviews from indie rock press and put them on the map.
The band is currently keeping up their busy schedule of NYC area shows, with planned forays into DC, Philly, Boston and other nearby metropolises. Be on the lookout for news of national tour dates on tap for this fall.
We got togther in 2002, but it was a three piece. Greg, our new singer, came along most recently in early 2004.
Yes. Currently we play about 4 to 5 shows per month in the North East. A national tour is planned for the summer '05. See our website http://www.motelcreeps.com for show dates.
B.R.M.C. , Echo and the Bunnymen , The Cure , Radiohead , Stone Roses
Electric Guitar with a variety of pedals, Electric Bass, and a Drum Set