The Burning Hotels rise up from the DFW scene
The Burning Hotels seem to have risen up from ashes as a short-lived Flickerstick side project (with Brandin Lea, Chance Morgan and Matt Mootey) began to fizzle out.
“We played for a while, but nothing really ever became of it. Matt and I started playing as a band until we met Wyatt [Adams], our drummer. Then, we ducked out of the scene for a while and just played in private for a year and half or so,” Morgan said.
While on scene hiatus, the boys recorded a three song demo in a house studio one night, in the middle of the night, all night.
At that point, the band also ditched their ex-“fuckhead”-of-a-bassist and brought in Marley Whistler.
“We started make a big buzz because a lot of the music, at least in Fort Worth, is unlike our style of indie rock and post-punk. A lot of the bands are stuck in the Flickrstick rock sound… We were doing something a little bit different than what was going on, and a lot of people got a hold of it and really liked it,” Morgan said.
Ironically, although the original side project might’ve been riding on the coat tails of Flickerstick’s success, today, it’s actually the sharp contrast of the Hotels’ musical style that sets them apart from the rest of the bands on the Dallas/Fort Worth scene.
With influences like Black Rabel Motorcycle Club, the French Kicks, Tokyo Police Club and the Stills, the Burning Hotels became stand outs in the dry, desolate Dallas/Fort Worth scene.
“The Stills (for both Matt and I) are the band that we both, as we started getting older, really appreciated together. It probably influenced us the most when we started out as a band. In the beginning, the Stills’ shows were just nuts. People come and enjoy what you do not only musically, but also visually with the stimulus of the performance in front of them. The intereaction between the crowd and the band is really important,” Morgan said.
On stage, the Burning Hotels play pretty fast and move around in same manner as the early Stills’. Their animated stage presence has helped to gain notoriety regionally, and the band now considers Austin and Oklahoma a part of their regular rotation.
“The first time we played at the Conservatory Stock Market Crash ended up not playing, but it was still awesome; the crowd was really receptive. Everyone who came to see them still enjoyed us. It’s cool to see there are more scene kids up there. You’d think that in a metroplex like Dallas/Fort Worth, there’d be way more of a music scene and tight knit kind of thing going on, but it seems it’s more like that in Oklahoma than it is here,” Morgan said.
Without a big local scene to participate in, when the band is at home, you might find the guys hanging out at a bar called the Moon, where there’s usually at least one member present on the weekends.
“We are a tight knit group. We don’t get to hang out with Marly [Whistler] as much as we’d like because he lives in Dallas, but we’re best friends. We’re pretty much always together,” Morgan said.
As a closely woven bunch, the boys seem to keep good humor with one another, too.
“We call Wyatt ‘Big Boner,’ because he’s just like a walking hard on basically. And that’s definitely to his face,” Morgan said.
With all the members feeling like chums, the band has started work on a new EP.
“It’s turned into a much more collective writing process, rather than Matt and I writing and telling everyone what to play. We hope to record anywhere from six to eight new songs pretty soon,” Morgan said.
In the meantime, Morgan’s finishing up his last two semesters of college.
“After that, I think we are all on a consensus that everything will be band oriented. Everyone’s going to put their marbles in one bag, and go for it I guess,” Morgan said.