Sharp tune hails from new album of the same name, due this week.
By Blurt Staff
They’re called Vaudeville Etiquette and they hail from Seattle, and they’re such touring workhorses that they decided to name their new album after a roadside respite: Aura Vista Motel, which arrives this week (May 6). To mark the occasion we’re stoked to unveil the title track for the BLURT readership, so check it out:
The track is a drug-fueled chronicle of two lost souls from Los Angeles to Mexico. The song was loosely inspired by actual events in the songwriters’ lives and a moment of true collaboration for the band. Explains co-vocalist Bradley Laina, “’Aura Vista’ started with the guitar lick and the band would jam that hook over and over and, but we didn’t know what to do with it. We wanted to talk about the disillusionment that can come with living in a place like Los Angeles, since that’s where the band originally formed. The opening line, ‘Cocaine, you kept me up all night’ felt to be honest so we rolled with it. Tayler added some great lyrics of her own and then, together with the band, we collaborated and built it out to become one of our favorite VE songs.”
“It’s the cornerstone of our album.’Aura Vista’ rides the line between safety and danger, just like the motel,” adds Lynn. “This song is slightly autobiographical. Except in real life, instead of escaping to Guadalajara, we headed north to Seattle.”
Aura Vista Motel, the followup to Debutantes, was produced by Shawn Simmons (The Head and the Heart) over the course of what the band describes as “26 intense days and very dark nights” at Seattle’s Studio Litho. It clearly demonstrates the progression the group has made over the past couple of years, with stylings ranging from psychedelic-tinged blues and Americana balladry to full-on stomping rock.
And yes, its namesake was once a treasured regional landmark, located on Highway 99 in Seattle.