Frank Abreau, lead singer of San Francisco rock outfit Strange Hotel, has released a solo album. Titled Appetite, it not only features the expected stratospheric vocals associated with the frontman, but also a surprising range of styles. Opener “I’m on Drugs” is a scorching rocker, bristling with the ferocious exuberance of an early 2000s Hives tune; “Sleeping Giant” is a subdued, burning meditation on religious hypocrisy; the wonderfully satiric “Medication” blasts “GMO genocides” and Pusherman doctors with a sound reminiscent of late-’90s Brit-Pop. All this plus plenty of scathing guitar solos, cracking snares and rattling bass lines. Both fans of Strange Hotel and newcomers will surely dig it, and you can catch Frank and the band live at the Great American Music Hall early next month.
Hungry Skinny, Happy Fangs, Strange Hotel, Lemme Adams
Great American Music Hall
March 7, 2015
8:30pm, $14 (all ages)