Motel Motel is an indie folk/rock band based in Brooklyn, New York, with roots and influences from Denver, Colorado; Captain Cook, Hawaii; and Richmond, Virginia and elsewhere across the United States.
The band members are Eric Engel, John "Mickey" Theis, Timothy Sullivan, Jeremy Duvall and Erik Gundel. They are self-described as "shwag rock" but their distinctive style has also been called "rattling, old-timey country" and "garage-Americana".
The band often plays live with a string quartet.
In 2007,The band released the EP "Old York". The single "Coffee" first appeared on this EP. Coffee went on to be featured in a commercial for Crown Royal.
In 2008 they self-released their debut LP "New Denver", which NY Press named as NYC's best debut record of 2008. It was re-released in July 2009 via the record label The Rebel Group. Their most recent album "The Big Island" was released on August 24, 2010.
Motel Motel has toured in Egypt, the UK, and the United States.