My Favorite Record
Porch Rock (pôrch r k) n. ?' (1) Americana-infused music incorporating infectious melodies and tending to invoke smiles; (2) Remedy Motel Rolling down from the snow-capped mountains of Utah to the sunny beaches of Southern California, Remedy Motel delivers an addictive blend of warm and inviting rhythms, harmonies and thought-provoking lyrics reminiscent of an era before MTV and pre-fabricated pop bands. Picture soulful imagery and melodies that just compel audience participation. One might say Remedy Motel's roots pick up where the Man in Black left off, but don't be confused -- Remedy Motel isn't an echo of the past, it's merely the beginning of a new tradition. The effects of the lifelong friendships between charismatic troubadour Mica Johnson, bassist Mike DiGregorio and guitarists Nate Semerad, teamed with new drummer, Matt Montaigu, and Los Angeles area guitarist Bart Ryan, are abundantly evident in Remedy Motel's polished yet unrefined songs. Listeners, invited to ?git on the porch? by the vivid imagery and melodies, quickly become part of this extended family. As stated by Johnson, ?I think that these communities see something that's true about us, and maybe it's that honesty that's the most catchy.? With the independent release of their captivating sophomore effort, A Better Life (produced by Niko Bolas [Neil Young, Melissa Etheridge, Warren Zevon]), Remedy Motel has laid down another timeless album drawing equally from the weathered balladeer heritage of Tom Petty and Johnny Cash and the modern spirit of R.E.M. and Ryan Adams with just a hint of Pearl Jam thrown in for good measure. Remedy Motel's ?porch rock,? a convergence of generational sounds with passionate tales of wanderlust and personal connection is described by the San Diego Citybeat as ?a luscious mix of Americana and jangled road-trip pop.? Remedy Motel has maintained significant chart positions on multiple XM Radio stations, has received airplay on over 400 stations, and has earned feature placement at the prestigious Hear Music/Starbucks chain. From the humble beginnings of Remedy Motel in 2002, their unique professionalism has not gone unnoticed. This has resulted in multiple TV appearances and performances at both coasts? surfing championships, resulting in U.S. Surfing Federation President Paul West referring to Remedy Motel as ?the sound of the American surf culture.? In 2004 Remedy Motel became a force on the road, playing over 125 shows in 19 states, and earning them two coveted slots during Super Bowl festivities in Jacksonville, Florida. Check into The Motel in your hometown soon.