Envy Motel Says They Plan on Being Busy Next Year!


Mixer uppers ENVY MOTEL have an EP out titled "Perspectives" that totally mixes up the genres, upon it's tracklisting. Besides that release, the band says they will be quite busy come this next year!


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

The band was started by myself (Stephen, lead vocals and rhythm guitar) and our lead guitarist, James. We’ve been mates since forever and always loved playing music together, so we just knew we wanted to start a band. We looked for a drummer for a few months to no success and then met our drummer, Luke, through social media and he joined the band. In December 2018 our bassist, Callum, joined to complete the lineup. Once we had our full lineup, we just clicked straight away. We knew the direction that we wanted to take with it and sorted a permanent practice space and fully committed to getting our first EP out. It’s been a busy year for us.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

After throwing a few names about that we couldn’t decide on, Luke came out with “What do yous think of Envy Motel?” We all decided it was something that we liked but really, we just picked it because it sounded cool. Loads of bands have deep meanings to their names but we were just like “aye sounds good we’ll have that”.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We’re based in Sunderland but are involved in the North East music scene in its entirety. We love playing shows in Newcastle and most recently played a show at Head of Steam with some amazing support acts. We’d recommend Kickin Lilies, Vandebilt and The Midnight Drive as local bands to check out. They’re all class.

4. How would you describe your style?

We’ve got quite a diverse style; everyone has different genres of music that are their favorites so we just try to incorporate everyone’s tastes. If you look at our debut EP “Perspectives” you’ll understand what I mean; our first song “Height of Arrogance” is quite a fast-paced Hard Rock tune, but then we’ve got “Boundaries” which has a really funky rhythm to it so we just try to use whatever influences us. We don’t really think of ourselves as being one specific genre.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve released a four-track EP titled “Perspectives” and two singles after that. As for expectations, I’m not sure what people would expect from us since we don’t really know what to expect from a song until we write it. The main thing for us is playing music that we like and keeping the crowd hyped up.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We’ve got a few songs written that we haven’t showed yet, but as for when they’ll be released, we don’t know yet.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We’ve got a show at Independent in Sunderland on the 18th January, as for anything else, I don’t want to give too much away yet but let’s just say we’re planning on being busy in 2020.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We just want to take this as far as we can, for us it’s not all about the fame, it’s more about sharing our music with people who enjoy it and playing music together as four mates. That’s what all this comes down to, we’re basically family at this point.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Our music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I remember listening to our first song “Head in the Clouds” when it came out and honestly it was the most surreal feeling ever. It felt really weird, we were like “wait that’s us”. Even though we’d worked so hard to get it out there we still couldn’t believe the fact that it was out and that people actually liked it. It was a very proud moment for us all. So, in that sense, we want our listeners to primarily remember that we’re always just going to be ourselves, unapologetically. We want them to be the same. Music can bring so many people from so any different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs together in a room just filled with energy and good vibes, and I think we all want this band to be something that promotes good vibes for everyone who listens.

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