Despite being relatively new to the scene, Echo Hotel has a sound that is mature and refined. It is also right up my street, and a great example of this is their fourth single ‘Hangers On’.
Lyrically, the song paints a picture of an after-party scene of lingerers, which references The Beat Generation. Inspiration was taken from an experience in which guitarist, Ed Hambly, found his brother's home flooded with random casualties of the night. They were "friends of friends, smoking area limpits, booth huggers' whose only contact with their host was to ask him directions to the toilet. Here the band describes the superficiality, futility, and ultimate emptiness of these events. Reassuringly, he's since moved house.
Musically, the band follow a lineage that stems from vintage and anthemic indie. The likes of Jeff Buckley or Radiohead come to mind, with hushed minor chords setting the scene before skyward vocals shower everything; all the while accompanied by shimmering woodwind. It's a big, beautiful and ambitious sound.
The band debuted at The Exeter Cavern in 2018 and returned to Bristol to hone their sound. On ‘Hangers On’, members James, Jack, and Ed are supported by producer and keyboardist Jonathan Segar of Datura Roots Collective, guitarist Trevor Cousins and James Storm of Goya, who contributes woodwind. Their other singles show the band's diversity but no dip in quality. Echo Hotel are clearly aspiring to greatness and, so far, the signs are that it is in reach!
Written By Matt Nicholson