An Entirely New Album & Farewell

The last time we released something new, it was also last time we updated this website (or anywhere else for that matter) about the whereabouts of a new record to come. That was over a year ago – wow.

Since then, a lot has changed, making it surreal to see articles surrounding the new release of our album kick off with phrases like, “The triumphant return of Sun Hotel is imminent” (thanks New Noise for the kind words by the way).

Last October, the broadcast of a phrase like that would mean an album release show and a big tour to follow. Luckily, we can say that we have a wonderfully awesome release show planned but as for the tour, there’s something we should share…

After having one of the most amazing experiences of our lives recording “Rational Expectations” at the Living Room Studio in New Orleans with Chris George and Ross Farbe and putting so much heart into this record it’s bittersweet to say that this album will be our last. Call it our swan song if you’d like. Life has taken us all in different (but awesome) directions that have made us unable to continue writing and performing. For this release show, it will be our final collective gesture as a band and we really hope you’re able to join.

This may come as a shock to some while to others not a surprise at all. Regardless, we cannot thank enough all of those who have supported us over the years, wrote to us, listened to us. The gifts you all have given are those that are beyond quantification. There is truly nothing in this universe that is more exceptional then the moments we have shared with our fans/listeners.

Whether you’ve seen us at some hole in the wall bar, met us in a kind strangers kitchen, or bummed one of us a cigarette, we’d like to thank you for being a part of this. We couldn’t have done anything without you and we’re so happy and proud to see this album come to fruition.

“Rational Expectations” is due out February 3rd on Community Records but you can preorder a digital download or vinyl record. All preorders recieve two tracks that will never be released in any other fashion.

See you in January.

Alex, Tyler, Ross, John

Luckily we’re all still doing the things we love to do just in new ways/places. All of us would love nothing more then to continue sharing with you what we’re up to and what we’re making.

Show at Siberia and Bears.

Voodoo was a blast. We have a picture to prove it too. Josh Brasted took a dope photo of Tyler and now it’s online at Chill.

Update: We can’t stop laughing at this one of Ross on

Bearz Are xCoolx

In other news, we have totally rad show coming up with Zula from Brooklyn. They’re fucking sick so we really hope you come out. Here’s a few tracks of theirs that we’re recently premiered on Stereogum back in august.

Also, incase you missed it, we put out a new jam the other day. Terterlly freeeee.

Still trying to figure out what the hell that bear is doing on that “poster” for the event.

Signs of A New Album to Come – She’s Gonna Take A Picture Too


She’s Gonna Take A Picture Too

As of last week, it’s been over two years since we’ve released a new album and although we’ve been sharing bits and pieces of new music to come, we haven’t actually released anything. Naturally, that’s been driving us crazy and we’ve decided to change that. On Tuesday October 22nd at 10AM CST  there will be a free stream and pay-what-you-want download of a new single called “She’s Gonna Take A Picture Too.”  We’re really excited to share it with everyone and are pretty sure you’re going to dig it. Fingers crossed.

Although we plan to make this available digitally on Tuesday, we do have it online right now and will be giving out download cards at our show tonight. Just stop by the merch booth and grab ya a card and you’re good.  The show is at One Eyed Jacks and starts at 9PM so if you’re in the area, come through! We’re playing with Moon HoneyNatural Blonde, and Julie Odell. If  that’s not good/soon enough for you, we will be playing it live on WTUL between 4PM and 5PM CST as well. To tune in, turn your radio dial to 91.5 FM or visit

Voodoo Fest


It’s been nearly a year since we wrote a blog post. That’s nuts. Well, a lot has gone down in the past year. Between the halloween show where we covered The Ramones, our Block Party set (video of us bustin’ out a new jam), and working on the new album this year has been real chill.

Anyways, we’re really excited to announce that we’ll be playing at this years Voodoo Music Experience. We play at 3:45PM on the Carnival Stage. We would love to see you! That’s about all for now….back to working on the album land.


Tour Dates October 2012 w/ Caddywhompus

YES! We’re doing it again. Touring with our best buds Caddywhompus. We should probably just start a band with them at this point so we can always tour together. We’ll be getting raucous in a few cities up the east coast this October and we’d love to see you.

Oct 11, 2012 Hi-Tone Cafe* Memphis, TN
Oct 12, 2012 Deadhaus* 418 Acklen Park Dr Nashville, TN
Oct 13, 2012 Chappy’s House* Murfressboro, TN INFO
Oct 14, 2012 The Garage * Charlottesville, VA
Oct 15, 2012 Bohemian Coffee* Baltimore, MD INFO
Oct 16, 2012 TBA (HELP!) New York City, NY
Oct 17, 2012 SMOG at Bard College* Annandale-on-Hudson, NY INFO
Oct 18, 2012 Big Snow Buffalo Lodge* Brooklyn, NY INFO
Oct 19, 2012 Double Deuce* Philadelphia, PA INFO
Oct 20, 2012 House Party* (Details TBA) Philadelphia, PA
Oct 21, 2012 Paperhaus* (Details TBA) Washington, DC
Oct 26, 2012 Ole Tavern ^ Jackson, MS INFO
Oct 27, 2012 One Eyed Jacks * ^ New Orleans, LA INFO

* = w/ Caddywhompus ^ = w/ The Ton Tons


Tour dates announced for East Coast and Midwest (Murder Beach Party)!

Dear friends, starting June 23rd, we’re very excited to embark on yet another East Coast / Midwest tour meeting up with our friends The Lusitania, Young Jesus and JAG periodically along the way. Click on the image below to see all the dates and RSVP on facebook. If you’re in New Orleans, RSVP to the kickoff party @ Siberia with Habitat & The Lusitania


Jun, 23 2012 Chelsea’s Cafe* Baton Rouge, LA INFO
Jun, 24 2012 Siberia* New Orleans, LA INFO
Jun, 25 2012 Smiths Olde Bar* Atlanta, GA INFO
Jun, 26 2012 Motor Co Music Hall * Durham, NC INFO
Jun, 27 2012 The Garage * Charlottesville, VA INFO
Jun 28 2012 Amelias # Landenberg, PA INFO
Jun 29 2012 Myspace #  Philadelphia, PA INFO
Jun 30 2012 Suburbia (Frienship Fest)  Brooklyn, NY INFO
July 01 2012 Big Snow Buffalo Lounge # Brooklyn, NY
July 03 2012 AS220 Black Box # Providence, RI INFO
July 04 2012 Gay Gardens Boston, MA
July 05 2012 Cake Shop # New York City, NY INFO
July 06 2012 Spike Hill Brooklyn, NY INFO
July 07 2012 Mahalls Lanes # Cleveland, OH INFO
July 08 2012 Macs Bar # Lansing, MI INFO
July 10 2012 Subterranean Chicago, IL INFO
July 13 2012 Gills Estate Nashville, TN
July 14 2012 Martins Jackson, MS

* with The Lusitania
# with Young Jesus

Hope to see you at one of these! So excited to make it out on the road again.

Chindig 05: 420 Pool Party

Dear friends,

We just made it home from our spring tour today, and we’ve already got a lot of great things coming up to keep us busy until the summer comes. Here’s just a few of them:

420 Pool Party

This April 20th, we’re really excited to bring to you the first ever joint production between our own Chinquapin Records, Community Records & Ampersand Events – our first 420 Pool Party!

We’ll be opening up the doors at Club Ampersand at 8PM for your pool party pleasure, then we’ll move then show inside for a set of sweet SOUL COVERS and originals.

This is also going to be the kickoff for Community Records’ Block Party the next day!



Two More Works in Progress – “Afterdeath/Grave ” in Austin, TX

Here’s part two of the three part series we did with Colin Kerrigan of Out of Town Films. This is the first time these songs have been recorded and come as a pair. “After Death” at right around the 1 minute mark.

Also, be sure to check out more videos from the session in the related posts area and download the audio from the entire thing below:

We’ve put up the audio from the entire shoot for download including two songs not appearing in this video. Click the link below to start your download!

Works Progress March 2012 - Willow, Without Feathers, Grave (1280)


Another work in progress – “Willow” Filmed by Out Of Town Films in Austin, TX @ SXSW

UPDATE 3/27/2012: We’ve put up the audio from the entire shoot for download including two songs not appearing in this video. Click the link below to start your download!

Works Progress March 2012 - Willow, Without Feathers, Grave (1280)

Hey y’all,

Just thought we would share with you all another awesome video of some of the new material we are working on. Remember how we told you we stayed with T, Jono, Ryan & Tamir during SXSW? Well, we shot a video in their living room which also doubled as our sleeping quarters.

Our good friend Colin from Philadelphia has recently been working on a documentary project featuring some awesome artists like Heartless Bastards, Sun Airway, Mates of State, Ava Luna and tons more playing takeaway style versions of their songs. Fortunately for us, our schedules at SXSW lined up just right and we were able to do one ourselves. Check it out. Also, take a look at some of the stills from the video as well below. So honored to be involved with such beautiful work.

Out of Town FIlms Presents SUN HOTEL “WILLOW”

Links: Out of Town Films WebsiteColin’s personal photo journal

MORE Stills from the shoot by COLIn KERRIGAN

See the rest of the photos he took at