“We have to put rock n roll back to where it belongs.. back into rock n’ roll!
I just felt like [music] had gotten very safe for a long time, [..] I felt like we really needed to pick up our game and bring rock n’ roll back to all the weirdos and the freaks again.“
- Labretta Suede
In our post-millennial era of pre-packaged, finely auto tuned beats, it seems raw authenticity and innovation have fallen to the wayside in favor of carefully molded “musical acts.” These days, bands that embark on their own creative voyage, against the tide of pop culture’s musical zeitgeist, are proud and few. This is where Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 come in to play.
If you have yet to hear Labretta Suede & The Motel 6, it’s about time you do. Initially from New Zealand, the band was founded in 2005 by front-woman Labretta Suede, and guitarist Johnny Moondog. After relocating to New York in 2009, the duo recruited bassist Max Speed $1000, and drummer Cap’n Gerry—forming the playful, high energy lineup the band is known for.
With musical roots in classic rock n’ roll, early punk, and rockabilly blues—plus a touch of ‘60s surf influences, the band blends optimistic retro nostalgia with a gritty urban feel. The result is a sound that not only honors the fundamentals of iconic rock, but transcends time and genre completely.
There are few contemporary bands that catch my attention, but Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 are the real deal—an organic, down and dirty rock group that stays true to their creative vision. Check out their song “All Girl Gang Riot” from their 2011 album “Dirty and Dumb” and buy their album here!
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