Where Are They Now: Martha Davis Of The Motels

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Part of the music explosion in the early ’80s included new wave band The Motels led by singer Martha Davis. Having traded the stage for a more quiet life on her farm in Oregon, Martha is ready to make a musical comeback in the group’s hometown of Los Angeles.

Martha joined Gary Bryan and Lisa Stanley this morning to announce that Martha Davis and The Motels are performing three shows in L.A. in April!

The Motels came out in a time when vibrant musical creativity was hitting the radio waves in the ’80s. This explosion of pop music can be compared to a similar time in the ’60s when bands explored the limits of their musical creativity.

“I always attributed the ’60s explosion to the change in format in radio,” explained Martha. “I don’t know what happened in the ’80s. It’s the same kind of explosion; every band wanted to be unique, every band had its own sound, there was so much going on. It was a great time.”

So what has Martha been up to since her last round of shows with The Motels? She tells us that she’s hard at work tending to her farm in Oregon.

“I’ve been around, but I moved out of Los Angeles a while back and I’ve been out on a farm in Oregon,” said Martha. “I’ve already herded pigs this morning, so there you go, people.”

“It’s a huge part of me. The made-up gal on stage, that’s the gal on stage, and when I’m off stage, I pretty much like the dirt,” added Martha. “It’s lovely, I have fresh milk every morning and eggs – it’s wonderful.”

Martha is getting made back up for The Motels’ three L.A. shows this week. Dates include April 5th at The Canyon Club in Agoura; April 6th at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano; and April 7th at Saint Rocke in Hermosa.

Now that she’s bringing the band back with the help of her bandmates anchored here in L.A., Martha hinted that fans can expect to hear much more in this coming year.

“I think this year is going to be a really fun, great year,” teased Martha. “I think there will be new videos, new music…I’m going to stay busy like I like to be.”

For more details and updates on Martha Davis and The Motels, check http://themotels.com for news on the band. Listen to our full interview with Martha to hear more about new music, shows and what she’s been up to!

And in case you need a refresher, watch the video for The Motels’ hit “Only The Lonely” below:

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