It’s not often that a band pops into my inbox and within one listen through I am already fluent with at least 50% of the words. So kudos to you, The Sun Hotel.
I have actually tried to write this review a few times now because each time my view changes a lot on this EP. There is no doubting I like it but it’s finding the words to describe it I am struggling with. Having firstly reading their biography and seeing they had enlisted influences such as The Beatles, Paolo Nutini and Coldplay I was a little wary before I had actually played the EP however, thankfully (and for you too) they don’t sound one bit like the above artists. I mean could you imagine Paolo Nutini, Paul McCartney and Chris Martin being in a room together and making music…I can and it’s not pleasant.
The Sun Hotel have created a real cheeky little collection of tracks and I don’t mean cheeky in the sense that all the songs are about cheating on your girlfriend while drinking Stella and wearing Top Man skinny jeans…no, it’s a truly educated effort from the young three piece.
With some questionable lyrics at times and sections of songs that sway towards being needless, I still maintain that this is one of the most promising EP’s I have heard in a long, long time. Why? They are creating music similar to that of American emo/acoustic bands such as Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms but ensure that they aren’t just another copycat (thank god!) by imprinting some firm British terminology and twang to proceedings.
Now, this EP isn’t going to be hitting up mainstream radio any time soon but it has enough charm to earn its place amongst your music library. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this EP and it was incredibly refreshing to listen to a band trying something new, interesting and honest.
Keep what you’re doing The Sun Hotel and soon you’ll have many people like myself sitting in front of a computer screen grinning gleefully as I sing-a-long to your charismatic and slyly comedic lyrics.