Formed in 2009 at their high school in Massachusetts, The Hotelier release their eagerly anticipated third album Goodness, with its memorable cover eight elderly men and women posing completely nude in a forest in Charlton, Massachusetts.
The album’s openness is progressive, radical, even, moving away from themes of youth in previous albums and exploring new themes including love, pushing the idea of what emo music is. The Hotelier — along with their friends and tourmates in Into It. Over It., The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, and Modern Baseball — were grouped together as part of the emo revival.
“It is not enough to say that The Hotelier have grown older, or wiser, or more of anything. We can trace a progression, if we like, from the explosive empowerment of It Never Goes Out to the ashen disillusionment of Home, Like Noplace Is There. We can follow an awakening of youth in suburbia attempting to learn what is right, and what is ours, and what is possible and impossible, and maybe we can’t save each other like we thought we once could. We’re awake and we’re tired and we want love in our lives again. And so we find ourselves now in Goodness, in the woods outside of the suburbs, trying to re-learn that love.” – Alyssa Kai
The Hotelier play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Tues 24th January 2017, with support from Crying and Wood And Nails. Tickets available here.
Watch the video of ‘Piano Player’ below: