Motel Beds

Dumb Gold

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Suddenly ├╝ber-prolific after kicking around for the better part of a decade, Dayton, Ohio's Motel Beds hit their stride on Dumb Gold, their third album in just over two years. Throughout this tight, propulsive half-hour, the fruits of spending a decade grinding out gigs are readily apparent. This is a band that has a crackling, intuitive interplay and a slyly expansive view of the pop world, tossing out references to numerous golden ages -- the indie rock of the '90s, the power pop of the '70s, the British Invasion of the '60s, even the clean angles of the Strokes in the new millennium. Plenty of sounds are packed into the ten tracks, but Motel Beds tie it together with insistent hooks, casual muscle, and boundless energy. Dumb Gold is an album that deserves to break them out of the Rust Belt and onto the larger stage; it's one of the best straight-ahead indie rock records of 2012.

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