ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: Hotel Lux
Originally hailing from Portsmouth, five-piece Hotel Lux moved to London to fully enhance their garage/punk rock sound. Sounding like a mix between Cabbage and Shame, Hotel Lux take influence from the world around them, to paint pictures of dark, deteriorated people and landscapes. They also cite the film works of Shane Meadows as a major influence, who’s best know for This Is England, which is one of the reasons why Hotel Lux sound so quintessentially British.
Hotel Lux aren’t your typical punk band in terms of aggression, they don’t throw themselves around and completely lose control. Instead, they vent their frustrations through the brooding, intimidating atmosphere they express at their live shows. Take the song, Berlin Wall for example, a track which uses sinister whistles and funeral-esque keyboard parts to create an atmosphere of the macabre. Front-man Lewis Duffin sounds as morose as the most foreboding of undertakers.
Hotel Lux have just released their latest single, English Disease and it’s another corker. In celebration, we recently asked the band to pick out one track each from a new band they like, and one old /classic tour bus favourite:
Lewis Duffin (Vocals)
Fountain of Good Fortune – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
100% one of my favourite bands at the minute. Beautiful, beautiful melodies
Up the Junction – Squeeze
All-time classic. The amount of times we’ve tried ripping this tune off in our recent writing sessions is silly.
Cam Sims (Bass)
Cruelty – Disgraced
This tune scratches every punk itch for me. With only one track out i’m really looking forward to seeing what this lot get up to in the future.
The Impressions – We Must Be In Love
It’s impossible to feel sad when listening to this track. I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work.
Sam Coburn (Guitar & Keys)
Idles – I’m Scum
One of the few bands doing it right at the moment. good melodies, excellent lyrics.
Meet Me in the City – Junior Kimbrough
Cigarette stained riffs. GOAT.
Jake Sewell (Guitar)
Nineteen Seventeen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The members are all from different musical backgrounds, I think that’s what makes everything they release so interesting. Tony Allen’s drumming is especially good on this.
I’m Gonna Leave You – Nina Simone
There isn’t a dull moment in this track, it’s rapid from start to finish. You can almost hear her gasping for air by the end of each verse.
Craig MacVicar (Drums)
Squid – The Dial
By far my favourite live band at the moment. Looking forward to more releases from these guys.
Gorillaz – 19-2000
I think I first heard this on Fifa 02 back in the day and I’ve still got it on repeat. The Soulchild remix isn’t too bad either.