Strange Hotel Press Photo

As you’ve probably already surmised from the included photo, Strange Hotel is a rock band, and a damn good one at that.  Yes, they don’t just look cool, they sound cool–their music combines the best elements of the classic rock vinyl gathering dust in your dad’s basement and the modern-day, hip indie-rock lighting up the blogosphere.  From the soaring lead vocals of Frank Abreau Salazar (those Queen-esque harmonies on “Delusion of Self”!) to the pummeling drums of Timi Aristil (that nasty double-bass fill on “All The World Is A Strange Hotel”!), everything about the group just works.

When they’re not blowing up your speakers on Get-The-Led-Out grooves like “Dead In My Tracks,” they’re seducing you with heartsick ballads like “I’ve Been Making Promises I Can’t Keep,” both styles pulled off with the same laid-back efficiency.  Add to all that a handful of organ solos, a few ripping guitar riffs, and a song about selling your soul for rock n’ roll and, well, what more can you ask for?

My favorite track, however, is the semi-punk attack “Rat Trap”: starting with a scorching bass line, propelled by a blistering drumbeat and anchored by an epic chorus, this song is in the running for 2014’s Most Rockin’ Tune of the Year award.  Jack White you officially have some solid competition.

Owl Paws, yOya, Strange Hotel
Bottom of the Hill
November 11, 2014
8:30pm, $10 (21+)