The Burning Hotels' 2010 album, "Novels," solidified the Fort Worth band's reputation for romantic, rhythmic Brit-pop inflected songs and built upon the sound the group established with its 2007 debut, "85 Mirrors." Singer Chance Morgan said the group found its early influence in late-'90s power-pop groups such as Jimmy Eat World, but then quickly discovered the tight rhythms of Gang of Four and the scores of bands that used that seminal post-punk group as a template.
Beyond being the preferred opening act for British groups performing in the Fort Worth area, the Burning Hotels have toured extensively throughout the U.S., and appeared in the 2009 coming-of-age comedy "Bandslam," playing themselves in a battle-of-the-bands versus a group led by "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens. Singer Chance Morgan said the movie's director, Todd Graff, was a fan of the band's 2007 song "Stuck in the Middle," and originally asked them to appear under an assumed, "really dumb" name."We were kind of like, well, if we do it, we would like to be the Burning Hotels -- play ourselves, play our songs," he said. -- George Lang