Who Are You?: Savoy Motel

Within the pages of Issue 11 you’ll find a section dedicated to introducing the most exciting bands in the UK and abroad, a section that asks these bands to briefly introduce themselves and the music they make. This Introduction has a purpose, to set your mind, fingers and ears to work as you hunt down their sounds. When we spoke to these bands we dug a little deeper and encouraged answers that simply wouldn’t fit within the pages of the magazine. With one stone and two birds we bring you the full interview with Savoy Motel, as well as an introduction to the music they’ve been making.

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Hey Savoy Motel, Hows it going? Could you tell us who you are, where you are from and briefly describe the music you make?

Hello! Very very well, feelin’ good. How are you? This is Mimi, rhythm guitar and Jessica, drums for Savoy Motel. We are from Nashville, TN. Well, we all grew up in towns outside of Nashville. But that’s where we all met and started the band. We play southern rock with a little funk mixed in.

You’ve released your debut record with What’s Your Rupture? Can you tell us about your relationship with the label and how it came to be?

Kevin (label head) has been our biggest supporter. Not only did he put our first record out, he helped us get a tour van, make music videos and travel to the UK. Kevin saw the promo pack we sent out, which was a self-released 45 that came with a signed glossy photo of the band. He was impressed by that and contacted us asking to hear more music, and so it goes….

Can you tell us the story behind ‘Souvenir Shop Rock’? 

Jeffrey wrote “Souvenir Shop Rock” as an ode to war criminals adjusting back to normalcy.

You’re a band that are exciting a lot of people, but what excites you?

Making people dance. Feeling the grooves and vibrations from people enjoying our music is one of the most exciting feelings we have as artists.

Is there an era that mutually inspires the whole band?

We feel inspired by all eras and draw influences from many different types of music, art, and film.  We are all interested in creating our own aesthetic and sound that can combine our influences to create something familiar but fresh.