POTTERY – Share New Single ‘Take Your Time’ – Debut Album ‘Welcome To Bobby’s Motel’ out 10th April

March 8, 2020
Credit: Brooke Rutner





Fresh off the back of their recent European dates – which included a sold-out London show at The Windmill in Brixton – Montreal’s POTTERY return today with ‘Take Your Time’, the second single from their much-anticipated debut album Welcome To Bobby’s Motel. It arrives April 10th via Partisan Records.

‘Take Your Time’ is hyperactive Andy Gill-indebted dance-punk, and the accompanying video adds Devo-level world building to their commentary on the shadier side of recreational drug use. The video was designed, illustrated and directed by the band’s Paul Jacobs, with animation and production by Raised By Bears.

Speaking of the track, the band offers: “It’s not a secret that we enjoy occasionally using drugs recreationally, in the past they’ve helped guide us creatively and personally. But this song is about the darker side of drugs, when they become habits. It’s about the tough spot that stuff can put you in, beyond the isolated experience of briefly having a good time while you’re using them. You spend all your money, ruin your body, and don’t get anything out of it except for a fun night.”

‘Take Your Time’ follows on from the album’s double-decker lead single ‘Texas Drums Pt I & II‘, which combines cultish chants with a trippy wall-of-noise breakdown, paying tribute to the simple joys of percussion. The song comes accompanied by a music video (for Pt. I only) that gives a surrealist look into the lives of a pair of unibrowed brothers. The clip is directed by the band’s Paul Jacobs and Jacob Shepansky alongside Meagan Callen in collaboration with Montreal based filmmaker Charlie Coote.

Listen to ‘Texas Drums Pt I & II’ here:
Revisit the video for ‘Texas Drums Pt I’ here:

The 5-piece also recently announced a global headline tour which includes a bunch of UK and EU dates across May and June culminating in a June 11th London show at the Tufnell Park Dome. Please see further below for a full itinerary.

Welcome To Bobby’s Motel was produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet CourtsSnail Mail) and recorded at Montreal’s Break Glass studio. Although he occupies a central role within the album’s 11 tracks, it should be noted that Bobby is not technically a real person, and Bobby’s Motel is not a real place.

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.

Behind their acclaimed debut EP, No. 1, last year, Pottery toured with Parquet CourtsThee Oh Sees and Fontaines D.C.; played festivals including Green ManEnd of the RoadSXSWThe Great Escape and Iceland Airwaves; and earned early praise fromThe FaderStereogumRolling Stone,DIYNMEThe TimesThe Line of Best FitThe Sunday TimesClashThe Metro and Gorilla vs Bear, who said “Excuse us for getting caught up in the hype, but go see them play and then try to tell us we’re wrong.”


08 JUN 2020 / UK / Brighton / Chalk

09 JUN 2020 / UK / Manchester / Deaf Institute

10 JUN 2020 / UK / Leeds / Brudenell Social Club

11 JUN 2020 / UK / London / The Dome Tufnell Park

Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel // Partisan Records – 10/04/20

1. Welcome To Bobby’s Motel
2. Hot Heater
3. Under the Wires
4. Bobby’s Forecast
5. Down in the Dumps
6. Reflection
7. Texas Drums Pt & II
8. NY Inn
9. What’s in Fashion
10. Take Your Time
11. Hot Like Jungle

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