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Only Time Can Tell: Brent Hinds’ Side-Project West End Motel Album Streaming


West End Motel

Brent Hinds and his travelling troupe of vaudevillian sleazers are back with Only Time Can Tell, the sophomore effort by West End Motel. Ever wondered what it might be like to watch a lounge band while tripping on acid? Now’s your chance to find out.

The band’s roots trace back twenty years to Hinds’ friendship with Tom Cheshire in their hometown of Atlanta. Here’s what Hinds has to say about about the inspiration for the project:

I grew up listening to Chet Atkins play guitar, and I grew up listening to Brian Setzer play guitar, Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West, all these country-chicken-pickin’-flying-‘round-the-guitar-neck guitar players. I got really inspired by it. I’m from way down in the country. It was pretty common to have the interests I had when I was that age. MTV had some hair metal on there, but I was more interested in this rockabilly vibe. Stray Cats were really big at the time, in the ‘80s. It was epic.

Epic indeed; he’s name-checking some extremely tasty players, and his own guitar work with Mastodon certainly shows their influence.

Paste Magazine is currently streaming Only Time Can Tell in full before its October 30th release. Headbang here then let us know what you think.

Catch West End Motel on a rare tour of small clubs in November and December. Dates below:

Nov 28 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
Nov 29 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Nov 30 – West Chester, PA @ The Note
Dec 01 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
Dec 02 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Dec 04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
Dec 05 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
Dec 06 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Dec 07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Dec 08 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Dec 09 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Dec 11 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Dec 13 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
Dec 14 – Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
Dec 15 – Atlanta, GA @ 529

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