All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, the terrific and unfortunately disbanded Atlanta band, played one of the best shows of the summer in a special July reunion at Hang Fire. Anyone experiencing withdrawals after that epic night need not worry: ANDPW frontman Tom Cheshire’s back, this time with West End Motel, the killer rock 'n’ roll outfit he formed with Mastodon’s Brent Hinds.
With its members’ wild schedules, West End Motel stints may come up sporadically, but Cheshire by no means considers it a side project.
“Brent’s based out of Atlanta, but more than half the year, he’s out with the Mastodon guys, and I’m in Brooklyn,” he explains. “I work for myself most of the year doing a lot of solo stuff; I’ll meet up with him, we’ll send each other ideas.”
They’ve been writing for a new album, sharing song ideas digitally and getting together whenever time permits.
“I jumped on the Mastodon tour bus a couple months ago, pulled out a guitar and worked on ideas and writing some new songs,” says Cheshire. “Modern technology helps in many ways, but it also sometimes hinders you, because you wish the old-school way of living in the same city and writing together could still work.”
While ANDPW kicked out Replacements-style whiskey-drenched rock ‘n’ roll and Mastodon is, of course, a Grammy-nominated metal band, West End Motel starts with a classic bar rock base and seasons with flares of country and ‘1950s-style pop hooks.
While writing the new record, Cheshire says they’ve been throwing around “terms like vaudeville, Tom Waits, carnival music. Some of it is straight-up, classic rock—and we love that stuff.”
“I’m taking this very seriously,” Cheshire says. “We both are. It’s a priority to us because we enjoy it, and we’re really happy with the guys playing with us.”
The dirty-blues, southern-rocking, one-man band James Leg (John Wesley Myers of The Black Diamond Heavies) joins the bill, along with A.M. Rodriguez.
Friday, September 4, 10 p.m., $10