Let’s hit the road with The Hotelier; maybe the road trip archival footage music video was an old trope 10 years ago, but The Hotelier seem to have more adventures than other bands and their tunes are great. Muscular drumming with dramatic chord shifts and a relentless pace lay the groundwork for a great pop punk song, but The Hotelier do some great things with the mixing when the vocals come in. The valves tighten until we get just a trickle, then the bass comes through with ultra-clarity — it’s a joy to listen to. You don’t really need the tried and true video, you just need Christian Holden singing: “She smiles with 88 remembered loves and morning suns until her woven was sung.”
Goodness is out May 27 via Tiny Engines.