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The Hotelier “Home, Like Noplace Is There”
I’m really liking what 2014 has offered me so far, music-wise. Only two full months have gone by and I’ve heard many albums that I seem to love. Now, I know what you’re thinking: But surely the love has to stop somewhere! Will another album come out that you just despise? The answer to that question is a resounding “of course,” but right now that doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon. Especially on the emo front. Last month brought the incredible new album from Modern Baseball, but sometimes you want something a little more heavy and emotional than that. Enter The Hotelier. This Massachusetts pop-punk/emo band used to be called The Hotel Year, but for some reason opted to change it. The surprising part is that they’ve actually been a band for at least 5 years. Anyway, the band’s sophomore LP is called “Home, Like Noplace is There,” and boy oh boy is this an intense record. If you’re into wordy, catchy, well-played emotional pop-punk then please read on.
While the band describes itself as an anti-pop anarcho-punk band, they’re pretty friendly to the ear and don’t sound like they’re trying to break any rules. In fact, their music is a pretty genius blend of post-rock, folk punk, and early-2000s pop punk. What you’re listening to is a great combination of Andrew Jackson Jihad, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, mid-period Against Me!, and golden-age Brand New. It may seem to wimpy to some, but to me The Hotelier exudes bravery and creativity in ways that really make them stick out in the world of emo and its many sub-categories.
Stylistically speaking, this album isn’t quite unlike their 2011 debut “It Never Goes Out.” Fortunately for The Hotelier, though, their sound is so compelling and so replete with ideas that not much really needs to be changed. “Home” is a very listenable album, one that I feel the need to play again immediately after listening to it. As much as I love the encompassing genre of emo, not every album I hear strikes my fancy quite like this one seems to have done. It’s an exhilarating, though admittedly not very unpredictable listen. Yeah there are power chords and yeah there are perhaps needlessly complicated lyrics and maybe not every crescendo comes as a surprise, but it’s a fun album packed with energy.
SCORE – 8.3
FAVORITE TRACKS – An Introduction to the Album, The Scope of All This Rebuilding, In Framing, Life In Drag, Housebroken, Discomfort Revisited, Dendron