Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lincoln Star covers THE BURNING HOTELS!


The Burning Hotels set to make a return trip to Lincoln
Story Discussion By L. KENT WOLGAMOTT / Lincoln Journal Star | Posted:

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The Burning Hotels, with members Chance Morgan (from left), Wyatt Adams,
Matt Mooty and Marley Whistler, is scheduled to perform with The Machete
Archive and It's True on Wednesday at Duffy's Tavern. (courtesy photo)

If you go
What: The Burning Hotels with The Machete Archive and It's True

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Duffy's Tavern, 1412 O St.

Cover charge: $5 for those 21 and older, $7 for 18 to 21
Matt Mooty can't wait to get to Lincoln.

The Burning Hotels, Mooty's band, has just released "Novels," its debut
album, and the group is heading out from Ft. Worth, Texas, to plays some
shows to support the CD.

The first out-of-town date is Wednesday at Duffy's Tavern, by design.

"We're all feet tapping like crazy," Mooty said. "The anticipation is so
high. The show we had the last time in Lincoln was awesome. Sometimes you go
to a city where you just click. That's what happened in Lincoln. The
audience was great and we really liked it there. It's kind of like a
laid-back version of Austin."

"Novels" has received good reviews. Most writers are comparing the band's
downstroke-driven buzzy guitar sound to The Strokes. But The Burning Hotels
sound is rooted in earlier music, late 1970s punk and 1980s post-punk from
the likes of the Gang of Four.

"That's exactly where it comes from," Mooty said of the earlier music. "When
we were getting out of high school, The Strokes first record was coming out,
so it was kind of influential. But it definitely comes from The Clash and
those kind of bands. That's where we started."

Some of The Burning Hotels members have known one another for quite some

"Me and Chance (Morgan) have known each other since we were 10," Mooty said.
"We skateboarded together."

The two started playing together and hanging around the Ft. Worth music
scene at 16 and added drummer Wyatt Adams, whose family had what Mooty
called a "garage/apartment" out in the country. There, The Burning Hotels
honed their angular post-punk sound, putting together the songs for its 2007
EP "Eighty Five Mirrors."

Last year, the band, which also includes bassist Marley Whistler, appeared
in the movie "Bandslam." The Hotels' song "Stuck in the Middle" is on the

Consistently garnering rave reviews for its energetic live show, including
an avalanche of hosannas for its South By Southwest performances in March,
The Burning Hotels now has a disc that showcases its spiky sound and
romantic/sexual lyrics that have rightfully been compared to the early sound
of The Killers.

But Mooty admits the disc doesn't capture everything about The Burning

"The record does it as much justice as it can," Mooty said. "But we're
definitely a live band. It (the music) has more character live, I suppose.
It's just two different things. Being in the studio is fun, but it's like
writing a thesis. Playing a rock show is just fun."

All four band members still have day jobs, but with the upcoming tours going
into July, that could change.

"It's starting to go more toward that, touring rather than working," Mooty
said. "It's way more fun. Driving a forklift isn't a dream job for me."

Instead, Mooty's dream job is jumping in a van and driving about nine hours
to Lincoln, playing a show, staying at the Great Plains Motel at 27th and O
streets, then heading out down the road for another show.

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