Preview: Motion Hotel at the Melody Inn

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Indie Folk Band Motion Hotel Come to Indy’s Melody Inn February 21st

Acoustic music in general, and acoustic folk music in particular, have undergone a resurgence since the late 80s. While there could be any number of socio-political explanations for it, the simple fact is acoustic music is damn fun to hear. There’s just something so timeless about the bright, sunny chime of a guitar of the rhythmic low of a banjo. And when performers get creative with their acoustic sound, genre-wise? Oh, bliss! Speaking of which, Houston’s own Motion Hotel is coming to play the Melody Inn on the 21st. Go and check them out!

A Brief History

While the band officially formed only last year, what would eventually become Motion Hotel actually began in 2009. At that time, Andrew Dethloff (guitarist) and Austin Clark (vocalist) cut their teeth playing with various metal and hardcore bands. However, they wanted to expand their musical horizons and founded an acoustic side project together. Initially calling themselves Lion Among Men, they began adding members until they had a proper band. After years of refining their sound, and a name change, 2017 saw the release of their self-titled debut EP.

Their Sound

In terms of genre, Motion Hotel’s style is best summed up as indie folk. They are a Texas band through and though, proudly displaying their country and folk roots. Particularly bluegrass, with all the strumming banjos that implies. However, don’t think for a second that Motion Hotel has forgotten what the “indie” in indie folk means, or that two of their members have metal and punk backgrounds. There is a rough and ready feel to the way they play, and their anxious vocals are so indie it hurts. Moreover, their frantic pace and rollicking intensity speak volumes as to their punk roots. It’s a fascinating combination, and is sure to be a delight to see onstage.

So, as always. The venue is the Melody Inn, door’s at 7:00

See you there!

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