Published Feb 05, 2020After releasing debut EP No. 1 last year, Pottery have now shared details of their first full-length record. Titled Welcome to Bobby's Motel, the album arrives April 10 through Royal Mountain/Partisan.
The 11-track Welcome to Bobby's Motel was produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Snail Mail) and recorded at Montreal's Breakglass Studios.
Pottery have shared "Texas Drums Pt. I & II" alongside the announcement, and you can find that track alongside a video for the single's first half below.
The band have also mapped out some tour dates, including Toronto and Montreal shows in April and May, respectively, ahead of playing Osheaga this summer.
Pottery note that the titular Bobby is in fact not a real character, expanding on his identity as follows:
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.
Exclaim! named No. 1 EP one of the Best EPs of 2019.
Welcome to Bobby's Motel:
1. Welcome to Bobby's Motel
2. Hot Heater
3. Under The Wires
4. Bobby's Forecast
5. Down In The Dumps
7. Texas Drums Pt I & II
8. NY Inn
9. What's In Fashion?
10. Take Your Time
11. Hot Like Jungle
02/22 Stockholm, SE - Obaren
02/23 Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar
02/24 Malmo, SE - Plan B
02/26 London, UK - Windmill Brixton
02/28-29 Oslo, NO - by:Larm Festival
04/30 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
05/02 Burlington, VT - Waking Windows
05/04 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
05/05 Washington, DC - Songbyrd
05/07 New York, NY - The Dance
05/08 Boston, MA - Great Scott
05/09 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
05/22 Antwerp, BE - Trix Bar
05/23 Hamburg, DE - Nochtspeicher
05/24 Berlin, DE - Berghain Kantine
05/25 Prague, CZ - Underdogs
05/26 Vienna, AT - B72
05/28 Basel, CH - Sommercasino (Czar Fest)
05/29 Milan, IT - Ohibo Club
05/30 Fucecchio, IT - Beat Festival, Limonaia
06/02 Madrid, ES - Wurlitzer Ballroom
06/04 Pau, FR - Le Pingouin Alternatif
06/06 Lyon, FR - Le Sonic
06/08 Brighton, UK - Chalk
06/09 Manchester, UK - Yes
06/10 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
06/11 London, UK - The Dome Tufnell Park
06/12-14 Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret