Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Hotelier – “Home, Like NoPlace Is There”

The Hotelier (formerly known as The Hotel Year) released their sophomore album, Home Like No Place Is There this week via Tiny Engines.  Led by vocalist Christian Holden along with drummer Sam Frederick and guitarists Cody Millet, Scott Ayotte, and Chris Hoffman, the Worchester, MA based band’s smart brand of punk rock blends anthemic pop-punk with earnest indie rock and aching emo for a dynamic sound that is modern yet nostalgic and both fragile and explosive.         
The aptly-titled “An Introduction To The Album” opens the album with an understated arrangement of vocals and ambient guitars that slowly builds into a cathartic release for the perfect introduction.  The standout first single “The Scope Of All Of This Rebuilding” follows with a forceful rhythm, angular guitars and shouty vocal melodies.  Other standouts on the nine-song album include “Your Deep Rest” which features a bouncy rhythm and bright melodies that contrasts with the achingly powerful and personal lyrics and “Life In Drag” which explodes with bombastic throat-shredding hardcore aggression that is tempered with cascading guitar melodies and a fist-in-the-air shout-along chorus.      
Once again, Tiny Engines Records proves to have their finger on the pulse of the punk scene with, Home, Like NoPlace Is There, the excellent new album from The Hotelier that should end up on many year-end lists this year including mine!   


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