The Burning Hotels, one of Fort Worth's hottest bands, is readying its terrific full-length debut, Novels, for release Tuesday. Rather than recount the long, winding road to Novels' arrival, we thought it would be way more fun to turn the four band members (vocalist/guitarist Chance Morgan, vocalist/guitarist Matt Mooty, drummer Wyatt Adams and bassist Marley Whistler) on each other -- what they listen to, how they get along, what role they each play in the band. A Behind the Music with no breakup involved, if you will. Take it away, fellas.
Mooty on Morgan:
Chance is the spark and the lifeline for the Burning Hotels. He lives and dies for the band. All of Chance's hard work really keeps us afloat. He is our leader and handles all the behind-the-scenes affairs. Despite those responsibilities, Chance will always be a 10-year-old at heart.
His favorite song on Novels: It changes by the hour, but right now, it is To Whom It May Concern.
His chief influences: While the Stills and Gang of Four influence Chance, he has a current, curious addiction to Miike Snow. In fact, he actually has a cool cover of [Snow's] Silvia that he recorded. You should coax him into sharing it with you.
Morgan on Mooty:
Matt is the glue of the Burning Hotels, my right-hand man and my best friend. He also keeps the peace within the band.... Matt's writing style is very broad and nontraditional, but it works for us. I'm fortunate to be able to write songs with Matt and his unique point of view.
His favorite music: Matt's all-time favorite song is Trial of the Century by the French Kicks. His favorite Novels song has to be Boy or a Girl.
Stuff only his best friends know: He's a professional whistler and does a killer Christopher Walken impersonation. Lastly, if you want to keep things friendly with Matt, don't ever forget to put sauerkraut on his hot dog.
Adams on Whistler:
Marley is solid and would do anything for us. He once jogged over two miles in Chelsea boots to get a new part for our broken-down van and got us to the show on time.
He would be embarrassed if we knew ... : I'd love to tell you something about Marley that you don't already know, but he's somewhat unforthcoming in that regard, so I don't even know what that would be. Actually, I once caught him reading Lonesome Dove while wearing white gloves. He wouldn't want you to know that, right?
His chief influences: Can you believe that Prince musically influences Marley? If memory serves, his favorite song is Take Me With U (from Purple Rain).
Whistler on Adams:
Wyatt brings everything "bizarro" to the Burning Hotels. He is amazingly fast, hard-hitting and mechanical. Wyatt is also the jerk of the band. Despite his actions, he actually means well and somehow ends up bringing a delicate balance to what we do.
Stuff he likes: Locally, Wyatt is obsessed with the Paper Chase. Like, stalker-obsessed. He's also consumed by barbacoa tacos and anything else that involves eating flesh.
Stuff only his best friends know: Wyatt is an oxymoron; he loves to tour but hates being in the van for extended periods of time. If Wyatt weren't playing drums, he would land somewhere in West Texas moonlighting as the local sheriff.