Welcome to Static Motor Recordings

High-grade indie rock, power pop, and Americana since 2003. Boston-based. Proudly DIY.

COMING SOON: Full Circle – Commonwealth Women Up Front, out Feb 9

Full Circle - Commonwealth Women Up Front

Our first foray into compilation albums is going to be something special. I’ve been moderating a group on SoundCloud called “Indie Music Boston” (the biggest moderated group for Boston in fact) for several years now and always thought it would be cool to produce a compilation album solely of artists from the group. While earmarking songs I liked, I soon realized most of them featured women—either as solo acts or bands with women up front. And quite serendipitously, there’s a “time” theme that threads through many of the songs. The idea for Full Circle – Commonwealth Women Up Front was born. It’s been an amazing experience rounding everything up for this project and feeling the enthusiasm of all the artists. So.. look for a release date of February 9. It will be digital only—and FREE—to download, though all the artists are getting CDs so you might be able to get your hands on one at their respective shows. And maybe in the spring we’ll bring everyone together for a benefit show here in Boston. Full Circle. Stay tuned..

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More kind words on The Longwalls’ “Live at The Bridge”

“These guys don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve and I like to believe in a different time and place you’d be reading about them in Rolling Stone……and in that different time and place Rolling Stone is still cool and relevant.”

Wow.. the fine folks at Nine Bullets have blown us away with their stellar review of The Longwalls live album “Live at The Bridge.” It’s heartening to know that amidst the indie rock din people can still find their way to the smaller bands and allow themselves to be blown away by something as homespun as what we do here at Static Motor. Have a read, have a listen, and have a look. And a huge thank you to Nine Bullets for supporting our music.

Kinds words for The Longwalls’ “Live at The Bridge”

The fine folks at Floorshime Zipper Boots have some nice very things to say about The Longwalls live album / video “Live at The Bridge.”


“Live albums are, at best, difficult affairs that try to recreate the precision of recorded tracks, coupled with the spontaneity and energy of a live performance. This album does this with aplomb, transporting the listener to the front row of a great experience”

Very nice indeed. Thank you!!! Read more.

The Longwalls’ “Live at The Bridge

The Longwalls - Live at The Bridge

We’re so very pleased to release the first Static Motor live album—The Longwalls Live at The Bridge—featuring 10 audio tracks and stellar black and white video. It was a special night for all who were there and we’ve worked to try and capture the spirit of that special night back in March when the snow was still stacked oh so high. We hope this release brings it all back a bit. Download the audio here on SMR (or Bandcamp or SoundCloud) and check out the live video on YouTube. Wow, what a year. And thanks as always for supporting local music. Enjoy!

REISSUE: Floods + Fires [Turbo Edition] by Gatsby

Gatsby - Floods + Fires [Turbo Edition]

We’re excited (and a little proud) to announce today’s release of Floods + Fires [Turbo Edition]—a newly remixed and remastered edition of Gatsby’s classic 2005 full-length.

Download it for FREE!

Gatsby is the original Static Motor band, and precursor to The Longwalls. Released in May 2005 to significant pre-blog era praise, Floods + Fires was Gatsby’s only full-length (the band broke up shortly after its release). 10 years on, with the benefit of a little hindsight, there was a desire to approach the material with fresh, unencumbered ears. Featuring streamlined sequencing and two previously unreleased tracks, Floods + Fires [Turbo Edition] is a clangy wave a classic American indie rock; an album that captures the spirit of the early aughts Boston music scene like few others.

If you’re new to it, we encourage you to have a listen. If you’re a fan, please enjoy this fresh take on a humble classic. Enjoy!

Video Premiere: The Longwalls – Zombies! – Live at The Bridge Sound and Stage

Big thanks to our pal Derek at Visions of the Unexcused for premiering the first video from  The Longwalls – Live at The Bridge. The Longwalls classic track Zombies! gets the acoustic treatment here complete with mandolin, washboard and even a little harmonica. Good times were had back in March when this was all shot during the release show for Gold Standard (there was lots of snow.. and lots of beer as Derek points out). 10 songs have been selected from the show and the full video (along with free audio download) will be ready in December. Stay tuned. Happy Halloween. And #stayinthehousecarl

The Longwalls are headed to NYC for The Outlaw Roadshow 2015!

The Outlaw Roadshow 2015

Huzzah! The Longwalls are headed back to The Bowery Electric in NYC for the 2015 edition of The Outlaw Roadshow! Presented by Boston’s own Ryan Spaulding (Ryan’s Smashing Life) and Counting Crows legend Adam Duritz, The Outlaw Roadshow is a  showcase of up-and-coming bands that started as part of Austin’s SXSW festival and has since expanded to NYC (CMJ), Nashville and Tel Aviv (more via the Boston Herald). Needless to say, we’re honored to be a part of it! The Longwalls kick things off at 6:30 on Saturday 10/17. Doors at 6, admission is FREE. RSVP via the app (iPhone / Android).

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Kind words on The Longwalls from Ryan’s Smashing Life

As The Longwalls get ready to head back to The Bowery Electric in NYC for The Outlaw Roadshow 2015, Ryan’s Smashing Life has posted some very kind words on the band and their latest album—Gold Standard—writing, “One of the east coast’s standout pop acts, you aren’t going to want to miss what I’ve already come to describe as “Boston’s best kept secret” for good reason.. they make dark pop and sugarly death songs better than most anybody else I know.” We love us some sugarly death songs! Yum. Come get some Saturday 10/17 at The Outlaw Roadshow 2015.

Kurt von Stetten’s “Bon Fortuna” on sale now!

We’re pleased as punch to announce Bon Fortuna—the new record by Kurt von Stetten—is on sale now!  Dreamy, bold and always irreverent, Kurt returns with a glorious dispatch of fearlessly fuzzed-out art pop. And this one is a bit of a milestone: 10 solo albums in 10 years with Kurt playing every instrument on every track. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that this album is just so damn dynamic and fun to listen to. It might be his best ever, and that’s saying something. Check out the video for the first single, Spanish Ship, and be sure to hit up Kurt on Twitter for a chance to win one of the very few custom physical copies he’s producing at home as well as Bon Fortuna t-shirts. Hope you get a chance to check it out and support this amazing artist! Enjoy!

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