“Old Shady Motel” by Morrison Reed

When we think of the post-punk movement of the late 1970’s, the two acts that immediately come to our minds are The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Elements of post-punk can still be heard in rock music today and Morrison Reed is one of many artists that is drawing inspiration from this genre.

Reed’s single “Old Shady Motel” begins with the sound of steady, pitter patter beats from the drums, followed by the rhythmic sound of the bass guitar. The lead guitar makes its debut providing riffs that are both funky and psychedelic. Reed’s vocals are deep, dark, and heavy in sound and they draw parallels to the late, great Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. The song’s subject matter appears to be a narrative about a man who is captivated by a female escort and he starts to develop an unhealthy obsession over her. “I know our hearts will light up again. You can be so beautiful. I can fit you for your wicked grip.” The synthesizer provides a rather intense, psychedelic performance halfway through the song. As the song progresses, the lyrics become darker and more sexual in nature. “The fire burns and it blooms so good when you’re holding me down with that chain.” The song ends on a dramatic note with the drums, synthesizer, and guitar coming together to deliver a powerful performance.

Morrison Reed is from Sydney, Australia and his single “Old Shady Motel” will be making its debut on November 5th, 2021. Reed’s music is highly experimental and is sure to transport listeners to a place that is out of this world.


Written by Brittany Jennings 





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