Andrew Hitz (Eugene Weekly)

All-Out All Stars

The Golden Motors are a Eugene super group filled with musicians who’ve been rocking the local scene for years. Composed of Scott K and Jivan Valpey of Pass Out Kings, Dan Schmid from the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and acoustic punk-rock scallywag Dan Jones, the band boasts a deep roster of talent and charisma.

The Motors combine Jones’s late ‘80s alt-rock leanings with the grime of a Eugene garage thrown down. In the group’s self-titled debut, which drops early next year, the Motors cover new ground that synergizes your old man’s post-punk and your bartender’s hardcore with a biting sarcasm that comes off in a shroomy Weenesque fashion.

The album opener, “A Pickle and Two Pearl Onions,” begins with a narrator saying, “Laughing practice, go!” followed by cackles and raunchy riffs that reverberate throughout the entirety of the masterful instrumental track. Other songs on the album are loud ragers, like “Pink Pansies,” a short punk song just shy of two minutes long that evokes the blood-crusted revelry of Wasted Youth.  Flexing a bit of diversity on the album, the song “Panther Girl” highlights Jones’s acoustic prowess in a downtempo way.

The Golden Motors play with Poli High and Tom Heinl 9 pm Thursday, Dec. 22, at Sam Bond’s; $2-$5.


Andrew Fickes, gig write-up (

The Golden Motors is exactly what you’d play at a raving party. Jones is likely in his 40s but he dresses and performs like he’s 18 and his new rock band just made it on the cover of Rolling Stone and their music is burning up the airwaves, primed for world domination. And what’s enjoyable about Jones is his keen ability to know when less is more and when it’s okay to slow down the pace of a song. In that respect, Jones is an artist, not just a rock star.


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