Interview: Envy Motel

We chat to rock band from the North East Envy Motel about their debut EP, influences and how hard work can pay off.

Interview By Jane Howkins

How is 2020 treating you so far?
We’re only a month into 2020 and we’ve had some mad opportunities come our way in the past week, which has been incredible. We played a show last week at Independent in Sunderland, and since then we’ve been really busy securing some of our biggest shows yet with some incredible bands. So, if this month is anything to go by, hopefully 2020 will be really busy for us.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
We haven’t yet this year, but we managed to release two singles and our debut EP throughout 2019, which are available on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. Our debut EP Perspectives is something we’re always going to be really proud of because it symbolises where we started, in a small room in Sunderland writing songs we care about. However far our band goes, I think it’s important that we never forget that.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
We’re very much in the writing stage at the minute. We’ve been debuting a couple of unreleased songs at our shows recently and they’ve received a pretty good response from the crowd, so we’re just going to keep writing and releasing new music all through this year.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
We haven’t got any tours, but we’ve been given some amazing opportunities to support some incredible bands. We’re supporting The Luka State at Think Tank? Underground in Newcastle on the 14th February which we’re absolutely buzzing about, so that’ll be a really good show for us.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Being from the North East, we see a lot of hardships around us, in terms of social class and how people are negatively impacted by the struggles of day to day life. We find a lot of inspiration in writing about real people and their experiences, which I think is important in modern music, to address certain issues like that. We’re also influenced by each other in a way, we encourage and inspire each other to keep on working hard, which I think is really important as musicians, if we want to take this as far as we can.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
We’ve been listening to bands like Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic, Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys. I think they’re the bands that have influenced our sound. To plug a couple of bands that we know, we’d recommend that people check out The Midnight Drive and RIC. Both of them are class and are all great lads.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
If you choose to listen to us, you’ll get diversity. We’re not one of those bands that just has one formula and sticks to that over and over again, because that would just get boring. Our music is full of passion and energy, and you can see that when we perform. We’re just four energetic kids that love performing really.

Any last words for the fans?
Please follow us on our social medias – @envymotel on Twitter and Instagram, and our Facebook and YouTube is Envy Motel – thank you all for the incredible support you’ve shown for us so far, and we hope to give you much bigger and better things this year.