GET TO KNOW… HOTEL LUX (DIY MAGAZINE)

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With a new video out today and their debut EP on the horizon, we meet the exciting five-piece.

Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.

Recently we’ve met Nice Swan record newbie Phil Madeley, LA-based collective Peach Tree Rascals, experimental artists GLOWS, Aussie alt-rockers Loose Fit, and now we’re introducing you to gritty five-piece Hotel Lux.

Raised in Portsmouth and now a solid staple of the ever-blossoming South London scene, the group create sizzling “pub rock” gems, blending indie grooves with darkly intense lyricism, and are currently gearing up to release their debut EP ‘Barstool Preaching’ on 24th April.

Sharing the animated vid for recently released stomper ‘Eddie’s Gaff’ today, created by the band’s own Cam Sims, he explains, “The video for ‘Eddie’s Gaff’ is the result of boredom during the COVID-19 lockdown. It features stuff that we all took for granted a few weeks back.”

We caught up with them to find out a lil’ bit more about what makes them tick.

Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
Like to try a variety of things, average around 3 minutes.

What’s your earliest musical memory?
Madness – Baggy Trousers. Used to think the lyrics were jokes as a kid. Still reckon it’s the only song bar our own (and even that’s debatable) that I know word for word.

Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
Just all the bands that we loved collectively. I remember making a playlist on Spotify titled ‘London Band’ when we decided we were gonna give Lux a go when we moved up to London. Can’t recall exactly what was on it but I know there would’ve been a bit of Dr.Feelgood, a bit of the Blockheads, the Stranglers, Specials blah blah blah. To be honest, the list of bands all five of us can agree on is very slim. Maybe those four were the only four.

You’re from Portsmouth! What do you think of the music scene there at the moment?
I’ll be honest, I don’t know enough about what’s going on there to answer that question. There’s a real lack of venues in Pompey which makes it hard for a scene to really thrive. It’s in dire need of a decent 100 cap to really push something there – it’s a big uni city so there’s room for a good scene à la Bristol, Brighton etc. As much as it pains me to say that other city up the M27 looks better at the minute but that’s because they’ve got the venues. Southampton, that is.

Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
I wouldn’t say that there’s anyone about that we’re taken inspiration from directly but it’s inspirational to see those in the circles around you doing well for themselves. Fair play to Sorry for releasing the album of the decade in its opening year though.

Who would be your dream collaborator?
Damon Albarn full stop.

Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to this year?
In the current climate I’m just looking forward to seeing the pals for a pint again. Nothing more, nothing less.

If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
That ‘any fucker can do it’ mantra ain’t a myth.

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Nice Swan Picks – 30th March

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As promised every few weeks we are refreshing this humble playlist purely for your aural pleasure. Best of the best only!

We’ve decided to add a load of our new discoveries that have been recently released from some amazing acts such as Cabbage, Hotel Lux, Cable Ties, Home Counties, The Lounge Society, The Homesick, Ikebe Shakedown, Sports Team & many more….

Hotel Lux share new single ‘Eddie’s Gaff’ via Nice Swan Records

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Hotel Lux share new single ‘Eddie’s Gaff’ via Nice Swan Records

 

Ahead of their sold out show show at The Waiting Room and following sold out shows across the UK, Hotel Lux release ‘Eddie’s Gaff’, a hungover reflection of the night before looking back on their early times in South London. The band keep up the pace as they release their second single from debut EP ‘Barstool Preaching’ and further prove that in woeful times, we can still crack a wry smile.

First single ‘Tabloid Newspaper’ acquired acclaim from titles such as DIY, So Young, Gigwise and also led the band to be mentioned in The Independent’s 20 bands to watch for 2020.

The single title pricked the ears of The Daily Star too leading them to say “this bunch of twentysomethings could be the next great British hope”.

On the radio, the band have received recent backing from Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens at Radio One, Steve Lamacq at 6Music and the track being placed on the evening playlist at RadioX by John Kennedy.

On ‘Eddie’s Gaff’, Hotel Lux continue their trend of honest observation, brutal self reflection with frontman, Lewis Duffin adding:

“A nostalgic tune about the early days in London. First year at uni and knocking about South with new pals. Simpler times. Wasting our lives away..”

Hotel Lux finish their UK tour tonight at The Waiting Room before heading out to the continent for four dates in France and then on to SXSW in March.

EP ‘Barstool Preaching’ will be released 0n 08/05/20 Via Nice Swan Records.

Tracklisting
Tabloid Newspaper
Eddie’s Gaff
Charades
The Loneliness Of The Stage Performer
Ballad Of You & I

Nice Swan Picks for 2019

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Another year has passed and therefore we only thought it was right to give you our personal picks for the year.

We’ve decided to add a load of our new discoveries that have been released from some amazing acts such as Pip Blom, Silverbacks, Phil Madeley, Bill Ryder-Jones, Hotel Lux, L’Eclair, Just Mustard and many more

Nice Swan Picks – 24th October

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As promised every few weeks we are refreshing this humble playlist purely for your aural pleasure. Best of the best only!

We’ve decided to add a load of our new discoveries that have been recently released from some amazing acts such as Happyalone, Silverbacks, Phil Madeley, Bull, Hotel Lux, Pip Blom, Just Mustard and many more

Nice Swan Picks – 20th August

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As promised every few weeks we are refreshing this humble playlist purely for your aural pleasure. Best of the best only!

We’ve decided to add a load of our new discoveries that have been recently released from some amazing acts such as County Line New Runner, Squid, Football FC, FYI Chris, Eyesore and the Jinx, Dry Cleaning​ and many more

Get to Know: Haze

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After recently discovering Haze via our very own Pip Blom we decided to catch up with the band and see what they had on the horizon…

Where are Haze based? How does that impact the music you make?

We are somewhat dispersed at the moment between Bristol, London and our childhood home-village of Longwick, deep in Middle-English rural Buckinghamshire. This has hindered our productivity somewhat however we are moving in together in Bristol in a few months. 

For me (Will, vocals), living in Bristol for three years has sort of opened my eyes musically. Bristol’s music ‘scene’ is so diverse, and people seem to make whatever they want without any sort of limitations to experimentation. Whilst we’re definitely not pushing the boundaries as much as many do here – note Giant Swan or EP/64 – seeing bands like this, which would never exist where we grew up, has opened up more possibilities. More generally everyone in Bristol is so accommodating and there’s just so much on all the time, so the city sort of keeps you constantly exposed to new exciting things.

Why do Haze exist?

Me and Dan (drums) watched the School of Rock when we were 10 and obviously formed a classic rock band straight away. The others joined us in secondary school and we not-so-imaginatively became ‘Haze’ after trying weed… we haven’t bothered to change the name since.

If you could have written one song, which would it be?

I wish I wrote Talking Head’s Born Under Punches (the opener of Remain in Light). It’s so danceable and catchy, which I wish we were. Also it’s demanding lyrics of ‘take a look at these hands’ mimic Ollie constantly showing us the effects of steel fabrication has had on his palms.

In your own words, how would you describe your music?

A sort of hybrid of wonky guitar, hip-shaking bass action, discordant rhythms and silly lyrics.

If you could punch one living human being in the face, who would it be?

Not sure about a punch, but I am really enjoying the milkshake activism at the moment, and the far-right accusations of hate crime in response. Fucking ‘snowflakes’.

What was the best show you’ve ever played?

I remember a few years ago we supported Ratboy at the O2 Academy in Oxford which was so weird. There were a thousand 14-year olds going absolutely mental for us, despite the fact they had no idea who we were. We didn’t really know how to digest that one, but on paper that was a crazy crowd I guess. I think Green Man last year was maybe our best. We struggled to keep it together after a long day of drinking, which made its success all the more surprising.

What does the rest of the year hold for Haze?

We’re doing Truck Festival which is always really fun. Later in the year we’re also doing our first show overseas in Rotterdam at Left of the Dial which I am buzzing for. In July we’re heading into the studio to record some new songs for release ASAP, including our new hit single Chuggin’. We can’t wait.

BAND OF THE WEEK: HONKIES

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If you venture south of the river, you’ll hear talk of a band called Honkies, who are spoken about with a mass sense of pride and reverement. Even in the South London scene’s fruitful environment, their unbalanced blend of country and western speaks for itself.
Last week, they released their debut EP, Hold Your Horses/It’s All Kicking Off For Honkies Vol.1, via Permanent Creeps, which masters the art of synth-infused honky tonk like no other. Despite an impetuous sensibility, Honkies know not to fuck with their formula and manage to create something that is both moderately unhinged but easy on the ears, too. Glorious fun.



Catch the band playing as part of Independent Venue Week on the 31st January at The Windmill, Brixton.

BAND OF THE WEEK: HAZE

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The sheer wealth of bands that are roaming out of Bristol now is no joke, my friends. We’re blessed with an abundance of wonky characters, rich in dissonance and plentiful in humour. Haze are part of the fold. Playful and buttoned-down, their aim to achieve a perfect level of controlled chaos has morphed into a Country Teasers-esque discharge of energy and their frenetic offerings have soundtracked many a morning trudge.

Latest release, Piochitas, released via the brilliant Hate Hate Hate records, is an agitated chug of a track. Sonically, it’s a bit darker than previous offerings. The title loosely translates to ‘little goat’, which was a nickname apparently given to Trotsky by Frida Kahlo during their affair. Rather brilliantly, this is in reference to Trotsky’s beard. The band have said the song ‘is ultimately a bit daft.’ We don’t like sensible, anyway.

Catch them at The Five Bells on the 6th February for their 7″ release party with So Young magazine.