Nashville’s Savoy Motel – an intensely orchestrated and unique hybrid of glam rock, boogie, soul, power-pop, garage, punk, dance music and showmanship all rolled into one. Today they’ve detailed their eponymous debut full-length that sees its release on What’s Your Rupture? Records October 21 alongside their brand new video “Souvenir Shop Rock“.
Singer/guitarist Jeffrey Novak explains “SSR” starts the album off with an ode to an old war criminal with an extended trail of atrocities behind him. This unnamed protagonist is living a new life in a less than desirable “second” existence, stuck working at a cheesy gift shop, and hoping to never be found. The video, directed by Dylan Carver, shows a glimpse inside this war criminal’s mind trying to escape his crappy postwar occupation, with Savoy Motel along as musical narrators, led behind a line of troops with fists full of gold teeth for souvenirs, and a gang of whip dancers as the only assessors in this warped imaginary world”
Savoy’s whole package opens up their horizons, and yours, to a sound made by four friends tired of witnessing music eat its own tail; with unclouded judgment, creative refinements, and peerless technique, they grab that tail and stick it into a wall socket, putting the cap back on 15+ years of rock revivalism and strident genre adherence. And they make it seem easy.
“We use rock and roll as a vehicle to reach and promote the feeling of TOTAL FREEDOM,” claims Watson. “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 Stones, all the best ones. And the diversity of records I knew TOTAL FREEDOM from was also encouraging to me early on in regards to the band, because it made me realize what potential and widespread appeal our music could have.”