Savoy Motel are not interested in your frilly descriptions of their music. They are not riding the latest wave, bowing to the perpetual ebb and flow of trends. They are a rock ‘n’ roll band, period.
The description for their new “Sorry People” music video sums up this mission statement nicely:
Savoy Motel are not a post-punk band or a retro glam revival group. We aren’t trying to revive anything. Savoy Motel play southern rock in a modern tradition. We try to create music that is all-inclusive escapism, and we like our videos to match the vibe.
The Dylan Carver-directed “Sorry People” visual speaks beautifully to the band’s style of straightforward roots rock. It finds members Jeffrey Novak, Jessica McFarland, Mimi Galbierz and Dillon Watson jamming out on a farm in their hometown of Nashville, singing in a tall tree under the sun before moving into the barn, where they’re joined by a line dancing quartet.
Guitarist Watson explains the band’s guiding principle and influences in a press release, saying:
We use rock and roll as a vehicle to reach and promote the feeling of total freedom. Savoy Motel is defined more by a feeling than a sound. I hear this feeling in other acts too … Miles Davis, Little Richard, the Osborne Brothers, Faust, The Rolling Stones, all the best ones.
Savoy Motel are on the road with The Dandy Warhols, and they’ve extended their run of shows ahead of their impending record release, added new shows in NYC, D.C., Chicago and more.
Savoy Motel’s self-titled debut is due out Oct. 21 via What’s Your Rupture? Records—you can pre-order a physical copy here or a digital copy here. Find the Savoy Motel tracklist and album art below, beneath the band’s tour dates, and watch the “Sorry People” video above.
Savoy Motel Tour Dates:
6 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Terminal West *
7 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Mercy Lounge *
8 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Delmar Hall *
10 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Saturn *
11 – New Orleans, La. @ Tipitina’s Uptown *
12 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater *
13 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall *
14 – Austin, Texas @ The Scoot Inn *
15 – Austin, Texas @ The Scoot Inn *
4 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ MOTR Pub
5 – Chicago, Ill. @ Hideout
8 – Toronto, Ontario @ Nu Music, Horeshoe
10 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Market Hotel ^
11 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Union Pool
12 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Everybody Hits ^
13 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd
(* – w/ The Dandy Warhols)
(^ – w/ Natural Child )
Savoy Motel Tracklist
1. Souvenir Shop Rock
2. Western Version Boogie
3. Sorry People
4. Doctor Cook
5. Everyone Wants To Win
6. Mindless Blues
7. International Language
8. Hot One