Hey everybody, I would like to share with you some new music from my old college friend Michael Paul Escañuelas and his band The Motel Life. They’ve recently released their new EP Those Bruises and the album has left my ears anything but bruised, my ears are now the opposite of bruised, whatever that is. The Motel Life is an indie rock group from Ontario California. I didn’t grow up in Ontario, but I did grow up in Corona which is basically the same thing as Ontario. Both cities are a part of the massive expanse of suburb covered hills Southern California known as the Inland Empire. The Inland Empire is kind of similar to Waco and McLennan County in that there isn’t much to do but a cool city is just a short drive away.
This is the Motel Life’s 3rd EP. I’ve been a casual fan of them since I was invited to join their Facebook page by Mike a few years ago. I’ve seen them live a few times in Pomona too. Admittedly I was not initially blown away by their music. To be honest, I wrote them off as another one of my friend’s bands that I would halfheartedly support while deep down having no real interest in their success and a feeling that they would inevitably fizzle out and into mediocre obscurity. Oh how wrong I was to think this. After listening to their new EP I was surprised to find myself enjoying it and listening to it over and over with a big grin on my face. What I was listening to was different than what I first heard in 2010.