As we prepare for the 2019 RUMBLE, get to know the bands. We sent out a list of questions and asked the bands to pick 5.
RUMBLE Q+A: MOTEL BLACK
1] Where is your band from?
We are sort of from Boston. We practice in Malden because Bob at Sum Studios is a great guy and gentrification pushed us out of EMF in Cambridge. In the early days (three years ago) we were based in Jamaica Plain, but practiced in Framingham when the JP basement flooded. Which was constantly. Half of the band still lives in Boston but our rent is certainly going up.
2] Introduce us to your band, share nicknames and bad habits.
Brian – known as thebgc. Over-educated / high cholesterol.
Marcos – known as Ghost. Neurotic and is always quitting smoking. Best bass player ever.
Ryan – known as Scorpion. Unbelievable at guitar and drawing, awful at social situations.
Sean – known as The Joncas. Loving man and father. His snare hits are deafening.
3] The Rumble is 40, that’s more than 900 bands who’ve taken part. Who’re your favorites (hint: there’s a wiki page that lists most of them)?
Morphine, Cave-In, Drexel, Scissorfight, and Piebald. We grew up seeing those bands and listening to their records, and still do. Being included in this with so much history and amazing Boston bands taking part over the years is an honor.
4] This is the 40th anniversary of the Rumble. It officially began at the legendary Rat in Kenmore Square. It closed in 1997. What is your favorite rock venue that isn’t around anymore?
The ICC Church
5] What are three records you have played so much you have replaced them in your collection?
Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
Bane – Give Blood
True Widow – self titled
More about Motel Black on their Rumble page.
Motel Black play preliminary night 4, Thursday, 4/11 [Event link]