Zen Motel was born into this world a neglected side-project child to then
Johnny Zhivago vocalist/bassist, Lee Wray. Raising his creation with the help and hindrance of a revolving circuit of surrogate parents and available or just easily led musicians, including members of the
B-Movie Heroes and Vegas Showgirls contributing their talents to the mix, Lee managed to record two tracks. Two slices of the mutant offspring of electronica and classic rock'n'roll they proved rather interesting listening and rather hard to classify.
Following the messy onstage
disintegration of Johnny Zhivago in September 2002 amid a hail of
smashed guitars, windows, ceiling tiles, fruit and abuse Lee found
himself out of a day job and finally able to give his troublesome child
Zen Motel the full time care and attention it was demanding. Recruiting
fellow survivors of the Johnny Zhivago fallout Jamie Hunwicks and Neil
Roberts on guitar and drums respectively, Lee found both someone to help
out with the adolescent band's teenage tantrums and acne and, at long
last, a permanent line-up.
2004 saw the release of the bands debut album ’Transform and
Escape’. Most recently Zen Motel
have recruited new guitarist (Ex Vegas Showgirl)
Alex Green further adding to the band
already unique and eclectic sound.