There’s something about bands of brothers…
Kent’s The Hotelles are the latest in a long line to keep it in house and channel this sibling synchronicity for the good of rock ‘n’roll. Now based in South London, this three-piece have spent the last four years polishing these bonds even further.
And you can tell – the lead single from their second EP ‘Ignore Me’ is a jangling journey that is as targeted as a cruise missile. Draped in the same energy that The New Fellas came bristling with, it wraps itself around your ears with all the exuberance of youth.
Lead singer Tom Easton spends the majority of the track waxing about a type of pain that comes only with the anguish of first love. The tone is set right from the first bars, opening with the universally applicable salvo of “I feel my heart’s in a vice/When you, ignore me/I feel like my throat is closing/When you, ignore me”. But like all exciting things in life the song rises and falls with emotions, helmed expertly by the rhythm section of bassist Tom and drummer Sam – who, almost inconceivably, is only 14.
‘Unloved’ is a different take on a similar theme, creating the same kind of melodic migraine you never want to go away. With plenty of space to let the lyrics speak for themselves, it is the band’s self-confessed British humour that shines through. If ‘Ignore Me’ was the ugly side of love then this is its more optimistic cousin.
Ignore Me bridges the divide and makes you feel like part of the family. Open and revealing, you get the impression that the Eastons would be as happy playing for themselves in their garage as on stage. But with songs that speak with the kind of catchy truth as ‘Ignore Me’ you get the feeling they won’t have that luxury again anytime soon.
Reviewer: Mark McKinlay