Montreal’s Pottery return today with ‘Hot Like Jungle’, the third single lifted from their much-anticipated debut album Welcome To Bobby’s Motel. It now arrives June 26th via Partisan Records.
Speaking on the song’s inspiration, the band says: “This was written as a love song for Paul’s girlfriend. He had a job working construction one summer and came up with the lyrics almost as a sort of Springsteen parody, they’re very blue-collar. When Austin sings it we always picture him on a mountain shouting off into the distance with a girl out there singing back to him.”
Pottery have previously shared Bobby’s Motel highlights ‘Texas Drums Pt. I & II’ and ‘Take Your Time’, 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.
Behind their acclaimed debut EP, No. 1, last year, Pottery toured with Parquet Courts, Thee Oh Sees and Fontaines D.C.; played festivals including Green Man, End of the Road, SXSW, The Great Escape and Iceland Airwaves; and earned early praise from The Fader, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, DIY, NME, The Times, The Line of Best Fit, The Sunday Times, Clash, The Metro, So Young and Gorilla vs Bear, who said “Excuse us for getting caught up in the hype, but go see them play and then try to tell us we’re wrong.”
Speaking of which, the band are today pleased to announce a bunch of rescheduled dates for later this year across the UK, Europe and North America. Please see further below for the UK touring itinerary and keep your eyes peeled for more news in the coming weeks.
UK Tour Dates:
08 SEP 2020 / UK / Manchester / Deaf Institute
09 SEP 2020 / UK / Glasgow / Nice N Sleazy
10 SEP 2020 / UK / Birmingham / The Hare and Hound
11 SEP 2020 / UK / Leeds / Brudenell Community Room
13 SEP 2020 / UK / London / The Dome
14 SEP 2020 / UK / Brighton / Chalk