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A Diamond in the Ugly Rough with Hotel Ugly


When a band is just starting out in the music industry, everything is crucial. From how they present themselves to how their music is perceived; it all plays a role in the process. No one knows this better than Chris and Mike Fiscella. Also known as Hotel Ugly, they were previously only known through the Houston area. However, since blowing up on TikTok, they’ve paved their path in the music industry through expertise in the art of making music.  

Consisting of two members, Chris and Mike contribute different strengths to Hotel Ugly. Mastering audio engineering, Mike instills a refreshing vibe into their songs. With songwriting as a second nature, Chris brings to the forefront the emotion and voice that makes the songs work. Together, they work harmoniously to provide Hotel Ugly the infrastructure for musical success. This truly proves as a testimony to the power of music as Chris and Mike weren’t close as children. But through a mutual love for music, they’ve cultivated their talents into creating Hotel Ugly.   

Under their band, they released an EP titled “The Ugly EP”, which features the soon to be hit song titled “Shut Up My Mom’s Calling”. Upon release, the song began to make rounds on social media. Featured in numerous TikToks, the song gave Hotel Ugly the platform in order to take over the indie music scene of Houston. As the song gained in popularity, people began to notice the obvious talents of Hotel Ugly. Crafted with dedication and passion for music in mind, “Shut Up My Mom’s Calling” soon proved to be Hotel Ugly’s key to success. 

Since “Shut Up My Mom’s Calling,” Hotel Ugly has enjoyed much success. As a Houston-based band, they’ve toured all over Texas. Enriching the lives of new fans county wide, the traction made in Texas has proven fruitful to their success. Touring in places like San Marcos, San Antonia, and Dallas just to name a few, they’re showing a new side to the indie music scene. Serving as a catalyst for indie music, Hotel Ugly continues to grow within the industry.

Aside from their work in the industry, the importance of mental health is something Hotel Ugly holds dear and near to them. Growing in popularity, they’ve outreached their services to the Mental Health of America within the greater Houston area. Through their performances, they are raising money to aid those struggling mental health. In doing so, they’ve prioritized more opportunities for those who struggle with mental health. Setting mental health as their core principles, Hotel Ugly is further building on their stock as entertainers. 

“Shut Up My Mom is Calling” was just the first step for Hotel Ugly. Taking the success they’ve garnered from their single, they’ve put back the same amount of dedication and passion into their work since. Their highly anticipated single “The Ballad of Eddie Jabuley,” is set to be released on June 4th, 2021. Following the success of “Shut Up My Mom is Calling,” this serves as evidence of their dedication. With this new single, Hotel Ugly has capitalized on the momentum that they’ve garnered thus far. In addition to a single, Hotel Ugly’s fans can expect an album in the near future. 

While many share the same dreams of Hotel Ugly, not all achieve it. Through their hard work, Hotel Ugly has made their dreams a reality. By continuing to embrace new styles of music as well as incorporating old favorites, they’ve presented a distinct sound for all to enjoy. By continuing to build on their name, Hotel Ugly is set to revolutionize the indie scene one song at a time.