Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday December 1st 2015


Plenty of Room at the Sun Hotel

Indie Swamp Rock Band Plays At Sluggos
By Kate Peterson

Relatively new on the music scene, Sun Hotel has been making waves in the indie music world.

They hail from New Orleans, and according to them, We live in the south, we like it, we make music.

Sun Hotel is listed as being a post-gospel, indie, swamp rock band. The name of that genre conjures up all sorts of thoughts in ones head, but this band is firmly rooted in the regionalism of New Orleans and its influences.

They started as a duo with Tyler Scurlock, guitar and vocals, along with Alex Hertz, serving the same role. Over a summer they quickly became a larger group by adding John St. Cyr, bassist, Devin Hildebrand, drummer, and Ross Farbe, drums, keyboard and vocals. They then set off to pay their dues by playing the music club scene. Sun Hotel recorded two albumsone they made themselves in a home studio, the other in a professional studio.

As blogger Joe Vena from Stereo Killer, a music review website, says, Whether the members of Sun Hotel are smashing jangly chords in an indie rock passion fit, or bending notes in a riff-driven bop, their versatility is displayed, and it rules.

IN caught up with bassist John St. Cyr to discuss the band and find out more about them.
IN: What is the history of the band, such as founding members, where it all started, that sort of thing?
ST. CYR: Sun Hotel originally started in the spring of 2009 as Tyler and Alexs acoustic dorm-room recordings. The whole thing really came together that fall when John and Devin were added and recorded Halloween Mean, and things really got moving when Ross joined and we did Team Spirit.

IN: What is thegenre of music you play?
ST. CYR: We like to call it Post-Gospel or alternatively Swamp Rock.
IN: Describe what went into that choice.
ST. CYR: Its a space somewhere between the folk and gospel songs we grew up on, the rock and roll we discovered, and the South we all live in.

IN: Who are your influences?
ST. CYR: Lately weve all been really into Deerhunter, The Beach Boys, Elliott Smith and Trailer Park Boys on Netflix.

IN: Tell us about your first recording, Halloween Mean.
ST. CYR: Halloween Mean was the first thing we ever did as a full band. We recorded the whole thing in Devins house with some borrowed microphones while his parents were out of town.

IN: Discuss the subsequent recordings, Team Spirit and Coast?
ST. CYR: Team Spirit and Coast were the first time we were really able to explore our sound in a studio environment. Especially with Coast, we really tried to create a unified atmosphere for the whole album.

IN: Are youtouring at the moment? If so,what is that experience like for your band?
ST. CYR: Were doing a short tour this week while were on Spring Break to visit our favorite beach towns and sandwich shops. Well be heading out for a month in May to explore the East Coast and Midwest.

IN: How about music festivals, are you playing any this year?
ST. CYR: We played Foburg Fest in New Orleans and did eight shows in three days at SXSW.

IN: Have you played in Pensacola before?
ST. CYR: This is actually our first time! Hopefully we can find some good sandwiches.

IN: What can show goers expect from a Sun Hotel show?
ST. CYR: Were kind of loud, and we yell a lot, and sometimes we fall down. I think it works, though.

IN: Whats next for the band?
ST. CYR: Were going to be releasing a new EP in October; we actually just finished recording the first track in our house this weekend. Hopefully youll be hearing about it soon.

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24
WHERE: Sluggos, 101 S. Jefferson St.
COST: $6