Mastodon guitarist, Brent Hinds, has just announced a three-week tour with his side project, West End Motel in support of their sophomore release Only Time Can Tell (out October 30th on Warner Bros). Kicking off November 28 in Washington, D.C., the tour will make stops in New York, Boston, Chicago, and more, wrapping up December 15th in Hinds’ hometown of Atlanta.
Only Time Can Tell is the highly-anticipated follow-up to Hinds’ acclaimed 2011 debut, Don’t Shiver, You’re A Winner. The 8-song set is now available to preoder on iTunes. You can check out the single,”Burn It Down,” right here.
West End Motel began in 1993 under a bridge in Atlanta, where Hinds first met longtime friend Tom Cheshire. Describing themselves as a “conglomerate of losers, poets and hobo-sexuals,” the pair write acoustic-guitar driven songs enriched with horns and keys, with the end result sounding like Nick Cave fronting Gogol Bordello. The project pre-dates Mastodon and offers an important glimpse into Hinds’ musical influences.
“I grew up listening to Chet Atkins play guitar, and I grew up listening to Brian Setzer play guitar,” explains Hinds. “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.”
West End Motel Tour Dates
11/28 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
11/29 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
11/30 – West Chester, PA @ The Note
12/01 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
12/02 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
12/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
12/05 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
12/06 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
12/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
12/08 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
12/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
12/11 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
12/13 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
12/14 – Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
12/15 – Atlanta, GA @ 529