POTTERY release Hot Heater, the latest taster from their much-anticipated debut album Welcome To Bobby’s Motel, which sees release on June 26th via Partisan Records.
Premiered by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music this morning, ‘Hot Heater’ more than lives up to its incendiary billing: all chugging low-end, blasts of disco beats and tribal chants from the Pottery crew.
Discussing the track’s genesis, the band offer: “While there are hints of environmental themes on this one, we mainly wanted to make a disco song with a robotic feeling, something that could be easily chanted. Austin was originally really interested in heat as a musical concept/feeling – some of the early album titles we threw around were Hot Hot Hot and Sun Fever – and there are a bunch of other heat references on the album [see previous single ‘Hot Like Jungle’]. In the studio he’d be joking around and yelling stuff at us like “let’s make it hot!” right before a take. A lot of that didn’t end up totally sinking in, but some did… like on this song.”
Pottery have previously shared a trio of Bobby’s Motel highlights – ‘Texas Drums Pt. I & II’, ‘Take Your Time’ and ‘Hot Like Jungle’ – each their own window into the band’s psychedelic dreamworld. The album was produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Snail Mail) and recorded at Montreal’s Break Glass studio. Although he occupies a central role within the album’s 11 tracks, it should be noted that Bobby is not technically a real person, and Bobby’s Motel is not a real place. Here’s how the band explains it:
Who is “Bobby,” you ask?
Enter Pottery. Enter Paul Jacobs, Jacob Shepansky, Austin Boylan, Tom Gould, and Peter Baylis. Enter the smells, the cigarettes, the noise, their van Mary, their friend Luke, toilet drawings, Northern California, Beatles accents, Taco Bell, the Great Plains, and hot dogs. Enter love and hate, angst and happiness, and everything in between. Beginning as an inside joke between the band members, Bobby and his “motel” have grown into so much more. They’ve become the all-encompassing alt-reality that the band built themselves, for everyone else. So, in essence, Bobby is Pottery and his motel is wherever they are.
But really, Bobby is a pilot, a lumberjack, a stay at home dad, and a disco dancer that never rips his pants. He’s a punching bag filled with comic relief. He laughs in the face of day-to-day ambiguity, as worrying isn’t worth it to Bobby. There’s a piece of him in everyone, there to remind us that things are probably going to work out, maybe. He’s you. He’s him. He’s her. He’s them. Bobby is always there, painted in the corner, urging you to relax and forget about your useless worries. And his motel? Well, the motel is life. It might not be clean, and the curtains might not shut all the way. The air conditioner might be broken, and the floors might be stained. But that’s okay, because you don’t go to Bobby’s Motel for the glamour and a good night’s sleep, the minibar, or the full-service sauna. You go to Bobby’s Motel to feel, to escape, to remember, to distract. You go for the late nights and early mornings, good times and the bad. You might spend your entire life looking for Bobby’s Motel and just when you think you will never find it, you realize you’ve been there all along. It’s filthy and amazing and you dance, and you love it.
As GvsB correctly intuit, the band’s game-changing live show is one you don’t want to miss and Pottery’s rescheduled UK, EU and North American dates for later in 2020 are on sale right now. Please see further below for a full UK/EU touring itinerary and keep your eyes peeled for more news in the coming weeks as Pottery prepare to unleash Bobby on the world on June 26th.
UK Tour Dates:
Sept 8th | Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Sept 9th | Glasgow, UK – Nice N Sleazy
Sept 10th | Birmingham, UK – The Hare and Hound
Sept 11th | Leeds, UK – Brudenell Community Room
Sept 13th | London, UK – The Dome
Sept 14th | Brighton, UK – Chalk
For more info go to potteryband.com