The unmistakable voice and guiding artistic force of The Motels, Martha Davis, brings her newly formed band to Crash Mansion on Sunday, May 4th. This special acoustic show, supported by Billy Right, begins at 9PM in the Burn Lounge. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Crash Mansion box office or by calling 213-747-0999.
Earning a place as one of the more influential and riveting female artists of the 1980s, Davis has been described by Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times as, “arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” The most important thing for Martha Davis has always been the songs that she writes, and her classic tunes like “Only The Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer,” and “Remember The Nights,” propelled the Los Angeles based band, The Motels, to the top of the charts worldwide throughout the 1980’s.
The Motels were signed to Capitol Records in 1978 and critics greeted their self-titled debut positively. Their song “Total Control” reached the #2 position on the Australian Pop charts, and their sophomore effort, Careful, went Top 50. In 1982, their smash single, “Only The Lonely” catapulted the band into the Top 10 and secured The Motels their first Gold Record, effectively breaking them in the United States. Later that year, they earned the title of Best Performance at the American Music Awards. The next year their album, Little Robbers, went gold on the Top Ten single, “Suddenly Last Summer” and the second Top 40 hit, “Remember The Nights.” In 1985, their album Shock yielded another Top 20 hit, “Shame,” and 1987 saw the release of Davis’ first solo effort, Policy.
Martha Davis took a break from the music scene in 1988, but still continued to write collaboratively with artists like Ivan Neville, Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), Jeff Daniel, Kiki Dee, Richard Feldman, and also wrote for a new musical for the Civic Light Opera. She also wrote a musical of her own entitled, Rebecca, and is presently producing her own children’s music project. For more information go to http://www.marthadavis.com/TheMotels.com/Home.html.
### ABOUT CRASH MANSION:
In a space once occupied by the historic Myron Ballroom, New York’s Bowery Restaurant group has transformed this 1940's swing club into a state-of-the-art, three-part performance haven. A 10,000 square-foot main room accommodates headliners with lofted ceilings and a fully digital sound room, while two adjacent rooms--the Crash Lounge and the Foyer Gallery--cater more to low-key performers and the local artist scene. With five bars, three distinct atmospheres, and a fully operative kitchen, this 1200-capacity industrial chic club caters to the rich diversity of art and music in Los Angeles. Crash Mansion LA is located at 1024 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (at W. Olympic) and the phone number is 213-747-0999. For more information, go to www.crashmansionla.com or www.myspace.com/crashmansionlosangeles.