HOTEL with Mean Red Spiders, Square Root of Margaret, A Northern Chorus and Mind of a Squid at the Rivoli (332 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, February 28). $6. 416-596-1908.
with a massive, u2-meets-the Cure sound, radio-friendly tunes and MTV heartthrob looks, the rockers in local five-piece Hotel seem like the perfect next big thing. And they're the first to say so. Not for Hotel the false modesty of navel-gazing indie martyrs.
"Starting with Kurt Cobain, rock stars have lost ground," asserts drummer Pete Forde. "Claiming you just want to play your music is in vogue now. It's a faux pas to admit you want to be famous. But for us, the bigger the better."
So far, Forde, frontman Jack Forrest, bassist Sofia Silva and guitarists Daniel Pierre and Miles Billsman are getting attention. After an impressive marketing campaign, including fake testimonials from Martha Stewart and Bob Vila, Hotel's been topping the U.S. college rock charts since October.
Their first record, last year's Enjoy Your Stay, debuted in CMJ's top 200.
Not bad for a band whose album is only available via their Web site.
The name comes from a Leonard Cohen quote comparing life to a hotel, with people passing through.
But, as Forde points out, "This is no Super 6 -- this is the Royal York. Hotel's music is decadent. All class, no sleaze."
They're hoping to spend more time in hotels -- touring across the country -- in the near future. Hotel have yet to blow up in their home and native land, but the band is optimistic.
"There are two types of people in this world," laughs Forrest. "Those who like Hotel, and those who will eventually like us."email@example.com
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