Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Hotelles - Movie Reel

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Frighteningly young indie band The Hotelles impressed us with recent single 'Ignore Me'; where we expected more London landfill indie we found a great guitar-pop tune instead. Result! This week they're aiming to repeat the trick with new single 'Movie Reel', and sure enough they've done it. This is still the classic sound of British guitar music post Libertines/Arctic Monkeys but this bunch have decent tunes. It's the most obvious thing in the world, you would think, for a band to require. Yet its unbelievable how many just pick up some guitars and copy their heroes with zero substance whatsoever, and lately we've been inundated with piss-poor, pale imitations who are all bark and no bite. Or in some cases not even any bark.

'Movie Reel' won't be the most original song you hear all year but they pull it off with passion and vibrancy, two fundamentally important factors needed by a band of this sort. There are two songs here though, and B-side 'She hasn't Slept For Weeks' will remind you of those same bands, although its spat with a little more fury and an extra punk edge. Again it's a good song. Indie guitar music isn't really in fashion despite NME picking a band every few months and proclaiming them saviours of something or other, but at least there are still some out there who have the determination and talent to make it a worthwhile area of investigation.

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