Games, Brrraains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with indie rock band, Motel Breakfast.
1. How did you get started as a band?
(Jimmy Drenovsky) Mick and I started playing together as a two-piece in 2014 when we were both finishing high school. Over the next couple years we added Jesse and Conor to the group, and in the back half of 2017 we named ourselves “Motel Breakfast”. We recorded the first few songs we’d written for a debut EP that came out in December of 2017, and then spent the next couple years setting up shows as much as we could across the Midwest. Drue played with us for a few shows on bass in 2018 before he officially joined the band in the summer of that year, rounding out our 5 members.
How would you describe your sound?
Someone called our album “speakeasy Americana” earlier this year. I think that’s the best description of our current sound that I’ve heard yet.
What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
The list is incredibly wide-ranging; all 5 of us bring very different musical backgrounds to the band. For me personally, I would cite artists like The Districts, The National, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Wilco as some of the most influential.
Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
Streaming has absolutely helped us. Without the accessibility of Spotify for small unsigned bands like us, cultivating a following and developing a professional image would be dependent almost entirely on getting signed to a label. YouTube hasn’t done much tangibly for us at this time, but it has allowed us to cultivate a larger brand and marketing direction of our artistic output, which is important in and of itself.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
Reading, cooking, and listening to other people’s music. Going to venues almost every free night I had was a regular practice before the pandemic.
What are your future plans musically? Tours?
Well because of COVID we haven’t had the ability to book anything really. We are waiting patiently for the day live music can return, and in the meantime we are arranging songs and fleshing out demos of some of our unreleased material.