By Alissa Arunarsirakul // June 15, 2021
Anton Khabbaz and Dylan Jagger Lee haven’t been releasing music for very long yet, but we definitely expect them to take the rest of 2021 by storm as Motel 7. After spinning a few of their previous releases, it’s quite clear that these gifted fellas appreciate spontaneity and strive for out-of-the-box thinking. If you’re ready for beach days and endless Sun, Motel 7’s infectious new single, “Are We There Yet,” should be on your rotation.
On “Are We There Yet,” Motel 7 shared,
“We wanna make this feel like a song you are hearing for the first time, every time you spin it. That ‘never gets old’ effect. The song had to feel big and dynamic, and have that climatic growth gradually build from the moment you press play. One way we like to achieve this effect is by having different vocal melodies in each of our verses, like just having more of a free flow and arrangement throughout ya know? In addition to that, we layer our vocals quite a bit, and differently for each section of the song. The song’s main energy is highlighted primarily through the vocals, and in the choruses we got the wide distorted guitars to contrast those drums.”
With every verse sounding different from the others, “Are We There Yet” keeps us engaged and intrigued with ease. The perfect jam for an epic road trip, “Are We There Yet” will have Motel 7 making their way to the top of the charts in no time. Directed by Paris Brosnan, the accompanying visual follows Motel 7 as they race along the Pacific Coast Highway in style.
“This song is one of our most favorites on this upcoming project, it just feels so fucking good. It feels like summer. We drowned this shit in so many ambient textures and foley that subtly fill in the pockets of atmosphere between the vocals and main instrumentation. For sure a tune to blast super super loud in the car with the windows down!!!!!!!”