Friday, October 1, 2010

The Burning Hotels 'We came to conquer'

The Burning Hotels to perform Sunday at The Strutt: 'We came to conquer'
By Rebecca Bakken | Special to the Kalamazo...


KALAMAZOO - Indie rock band The Burning Hotels from Fort Worth, Texas,
successfully blend contemporary alt-rock sounds with vocals reminiscent of '80s
pop-rock ballads, prompting comparisons to The Killers, Interpol and The

The Burning Hotels
with Maus Haus, Netherfriends and Astroline

When: Sunday

Where: The Strutt, 773 W. Michigan Ave.

Time: 9 p.m.

Cost: $5

Contact: 269-492-7200,


Chance Morgan, who shares the frontman title with Matt Mooty, said the band's
latest album, "Novels," shows the growth the band has gone through since
releasing its first EP in 2007, "Eighty Five Mirrors," when the members were
barely 20 years old.

"A lot of the songs are about personal experience, growing up and getting
older," Morgan said.
Morgan said the band's music is minimalist to make for a better quality live

"We went into record a record that sounds like what we do live, and be able
to perform it live instead of making a grandiose record that sounds great
but is really hard to pull off onstage," Morgan said.

Part of putting on a good live show for The Hotels, which will perform
Sunday at The Strutt, is making sure the music doesn't stop. In other words,
bring your dancing shoes.

"This is what we came to do, we came to conquer," Morgan said. "I feel like
we've never played a show where people haven't had a good time or at least
been intrigued."

The band has performed at the popular Austin, Texas, festival South By
Southwest and appeared in the 2009 movie "Bandslam." The Hotels' single,
"Stuck in the Middle," is on the movie's soundtrack, alongside tracks from
Davie Bowie and The Velvet Underground.

Though the band has gained momentum over the past few years, Morgan said
getting their faces out to cities across the country is integral to the
success of "Novels."

"This whole year is dedicated to trying to get on the road as much as
possible, taking the record to places we haven't been before," Morgan said.

The whole band is involved in creating the music, with Morgan and Mooty
doing the writing and the rest collectively structuring the songs. As a
result, the final sound is a mesh of all of the band member's personal

"We definitely get enchanted with the kind of musical resurrection of
post-punk, garage rock," Morgan said, noting that some of his earlier
influences included Depeche Mode and The Cure.

The 11-track "Novels" is a solid album with energetic and skillfully-crafted
tracks. Those who attend the upcoming Strutt show will likely find
themselves humming the chorus to the melancholy yet quick-paced "Austin's
Birthday." "Where's My Girl," is hyper, spastic - in a good way - and
probably the most fresh and creative track on the album with its crisp
guitar riffs and clever lyrics.

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