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Gold Motel speaks on album, artistic processes

Rachel Hunt

Issue date: 11/19/10 Section: Focus
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Gold Motel performed at the Spot Wednesday evening. CWRU is one of the many stops in support of the band's full-length album Summer House as well as single
Gold Motel performed at the Spot Wednesday evening. CWRU is one of the many stops in support of the band's full-length album Summer House as well as single "Talking Fiction."
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"I've [thought] about this before… about how there is so much material in the world. How it's almost impossible to choose what you want to sound like. Kind of like someone who's never sung before can just choose. 'Well, what style of singer do I want to be?' I can just start out of nothing; I can create whatever I want…," says Gold Motel front-woman, Greta Morgan.

With so many options and opportunities out on the table, it may seem overwhelming to choose a new path. Greta Morgan broke things off with her old band The Hush Sound where she played keyboards and sang joint vocals, to reinvent herself for the better. Many critics in the music community are glad that she did. "It wasn't a decision to go solo, as much as a decision that I wanted something else," says Morgan.

"[The name] Gold Motel was actually pulled out of a hat when I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico with friends recording some songs that went on the Gold Motel EP. That was when I was trying to figure it all out. I didn't know if I wanted to go by my name or if I wanted it to be more of a band," she says. "So we pulled all these names out of a hat, and that one stuck."

Accumulating a group of close friends for her band including Eric Hehr on guitar, Matt Minx playing bass, Adam Coldhouse on drums, and Dan D. singing backup and playing guitar, Morgan began touring the United States after recording their debut, the self-released Summer House.

"I [decided that] I wanted a full time band. It's so much more fun to be able to play music when you can share it with other people who are there. I think that the music is so much better because of it as well, when it's a full band and not just one person out there alone." Case Western Reserve University is just one of the stops on Gold Motel's tour throughout the Midwest this fall.
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