8 April 1976, Dulwich, London, England; bass/vocals), Joe Smith (b. 18 May 1978, Sidcup, Kent, England, drums) and Paul Reeves (aka Reevo) (b. 9 June 1975, Romford, Essex, England; guitar/vocals) were usually accompanied in performance by a number of classical musicians. The small London stages, from which Paris Motel made their early live performances, struggled to accommodate as many as 13 of May's orchestral recruits. In late 2005, the 071 EP was released on the band's own Hotel Records to moderate critical acclaim.
May's vocals betrayed a pronounced and eccentric Englishness akin to Saint Etienne's Sarah Cracknell, while the production of the EP updated the sound of their Paris Motel demo. She proved that a classically trained performer could retain the credentials required to create a buzz on the London indie scene. As well as her elaborate dresses and impeccably suited bandmates, it was May's choice of live covers that warmed many to Paris Motel. Blur's "To The End" and Elliott Smith's "Waltz #2" were examples of these.
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