Friday, 5 April 2013
After a whirlwind of success in the city that never sleeps, goodbyemotel has bid farewell to New York City (for now!) and have just unpacked their bags in their hometown of Melbourne. The group brings with them their own distinct brand of atmospheric-rock to unleash on the Australian music scene and finally garner the success they deserve on home soil. With their new single set it off gaining traction on Australian radio and their upcoming album release, we can be thankful that goodbyemotel will remain in Australia for a few months to promote their album before heading back to the US later in the year.
A massive coup for the band was when luxury car brand, Chrysler cherry-picked goodbyemotel’s newly released single set it off for their national Australian television campaign. The quality of goodbyemotel’s music is undeniable and was only further validated when many of their songs were also picked up and played on big-budget American TV shows including, Gossip Girl, Covert Affairs and Suits. Their song Watching You was featured in the film Summer Coda. Further to this goodbyemotel were showcased on Delta Airline’s indie spotlight inflight radio program and also used for a national campaign feature on MTV in America.
For the six months that goodbyemotel called NYC home, the band exploited the melting pot of talent that the city had to offer. The band wrote and recorded their yet-to-be-released album If alongside some of the worlds best including producer Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush) and music director Gerry Leonard (David Bowie). Throughout the recording process goodbyemotel were lucky enough to have Bruce Springsteen’s back-up singer Everitt Bradley, George Michael’s musical director and keyboardist Henry Hey, and Peter Gabriel’s bass player Tony Levin pop in to play on parts of the album and feature on the track Crawl. When they weren’t recording they were touring the US, playing at the CMJ NYC and enjoying great success on US College radio. The band also completed a residency at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall.
The band’s reach is evident when, after hearing their music and meeting the band, the likes of Storm Thorgerson (creator of the album sleeves for the majority of Pink Floyd’s covers) insisted on designing goodbyemotel’s album artwork.
Progression and breaking-ground sit at the core of goodbyemotel’s ethos and is what sets them apart from every other band. With two of the band members running a successful production company, pairing musical and visual elements comes naturally to the group and serves to bring the bands music to life. This was never more evident than at the band’s innovative 3D live video concept show in Brooklyn (NYC). Always keen on pushing boundaries, this is a concept that the band are eager to repeat back home in Australia, something worth staying tuned for.
“Your new favourite band = goodbyemotel”
The Brag, Sydney Australia
“Graceful, cinematic rock bulging with gritty and grounded guitar riffs and massively hooky chorus harmonies” Direct Current Music
They’ve carved their path in America and now goodbyemotel are on home ground and ready to share their own unique sound.
goodbyemotel is fronted by 21 year old Swedish/Australian lead-singer/guitarist Gustaf Sjodin Enstrom with vocals that soar and a head of hair to match. Melbourne boys Tom Marks, Scott Pioro, David Schmidt and New Yorker Paul Amorese complete the group.
set it off is available now via iTunesThe album If will be released soon via Nice Bike Records