Published Jun 24, 2020From the moment Pottery released the surreal music video for "Texas Drums Pt. I," it was clear that the Montreal-based post-punks were set on giving listeners the most bizarre experience possible, both visually and sonically. On their debut album, Welcome to Bobby's Motel, the band fuse post-punk with art-pop for a sound that would fit both on a Talking Heads record and in a David Lynch movie.
More than anything on this album, the quintet prove they are willing to travel far and wide when it comes to exploring new sounds, while still being able to deliver a cohesive final product. Intense opener "Welcome to Bobby's Motel" sets the scene with distorted vocal snippets, fast-paced drums and surf rock guitar riffs. Later on comes "Reflection," which slows things down and adds some synths to feel like a jazzy, intergalactic cruise through another dimension. Meanwhile, the album's penultimate song, the ironically named "Take Your Time," is easily the fastest, most punk-sounding song on the album, having upbeat drums, energetic vocals and some speedy guitar riffs and basslines.
In Bobby's motel, many of the rooms are in a beautiful state of disarray, and nothing is tidy. Staying for the night with Pottery on their first full-length album will undoubtedly be a memorable experience for many. (Royal Mountain Records)