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Saturday, September 11, 2010
The Burning Hotels Interview
The Burning Hotels Interview
The Burning Hotels of Fort Worth, Texas are in the midst of a Midwest / East
Coast tour, slated to play Sauce Spirits and Sound Bar in Minneapolis this
Wednesday evening, June 2. Lead singer Chance Morgan spared a few moments in
his busy schedule to field some questions for Borangutan readers and
Skelly: The Burning Hotels have a new album out called Novels. Was there a
concept to this album? Are you fans of great literature, or is there
something else to the name?
Chance Morgan: We love playing music and the outlet that it affords us.
Novels isn't a stepping-stone to get out some hidden agenda, but more of a
diary to our lives; individual and collectively. We have all had pretty
turbulent lives from age 21-25, and I think Novels turned into an open
discussion about aging and mortality. Those universal questions like, "what
does it all mean?" tend to happen during those years and staying out way too
late only intensifies that. It's our first attempt into examining and
entreating the idea that there are answers to such broad questions. We feel
each song is like a chapter, creating a novel.
"To Whom It May Concern" by: The Burning Hotels
Skelly: Some people out there in music land are growing tired of the name
"indie." If you were to create a new genre of music that The Burning Hotels
epitomized, what would it be called and why?
CM: Sex Punk. The majority of our songs are very fast and tend to deal
with relationships, whether it's emotional, sexual, etc.; so I think that
could reference us pretty well.
Skelly: In your opinion, what's the freshest sounding band or artist in the
music biz right now? What makes them different from anyone else?
CM: I am obsessed with Miike Snow. I think it's a cool dynamic that you
have the production duo of Bloodshy & Avant (who wrote "Toxic" for Britney
Spears) and other huge pop artists teaming up with Andrew Wyatt to create
Miike Snow. Their record is really smart with different elements of dance
music and insane production combined with a pop sensibility that isn't being
matched right now.
Skelly: Because I love a good story, I'm going to ask you to commit a sort
of songwriter faux pas. Is there a tune off Novels that has an interesting
story behind it? The faux pas comes in if you actually tell us what the
song is truly about!
CM: I guess my favorite story behind a song comes from one of the first
songs Matt and I wrote together. "French Heart Attack" was written and
never recorded - until Novels. Matt and I have been best friends since we
were in high school and so we have a lot of shared experiences. I won't be
too specific, but if you listen to the lyrics."French heart attack is
written on your ceiling," they don't make very much sense. Experimentation
had a lot to do with some of the lyrics written back in that time period.
"French Heart Attack" by: The Burning Hotels
Skelly: The Burning Hotels are playing Sauce Spirits and Sound Bar in
Minneapolis on June 2. Can you give us any teasers on what to expect? Any
CM: High energy, fast songs, and lots of movement.we pride ourselves on
entertaining a crowd!