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Hotel St. George – City Boy Lemon

October 23, 2009

Written By: C.W. Ross
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Label: This Is Tightrope – Rating: 3 Guns

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This San Diego band first came together in 2007, since then they’ve been busy releasing music and getting their name out to the music public. In the short amount of time that they’ve been together the band has managed to release, 2 EPs and a 7-song EEP, and the guys are now back with their full length debut release, City Boy Lemon. The new project offers up 10-tracks of music that blends both modern and retro 80’s sounds, including elements of British post-punk, pop, and rock music.

One interesting thing that I read about this release was that the band members did some rotating in the songs with members playing different instruments on different songs. The only exception was the drum parts that were all handled by drummer, Simon Leader. Considering that the band did a nice job of keeping a cohesive sound throughout the entire release and kudos also for the multi-instrument talents of the band members.

The songs found on City Boy Lemon are for the most part upbeat in tempo and the kind of music that would have you up and dancing along to if you heard it playing at your local club. The songs are driven by catchy guitar riffs and the slightly nasal vocals of band front man Matthew Binder. You’ll also find a drumbeat that, for the most part, is content to remain in the background except for on tracks like, “Simple Man,” and “Trouble,” featuring thick beats that push the drum part to the forefront of the songs.

The band went for quick-hitter types of songs on this release with most of the tracks lasting under 3-minutes with, “Simple Man,” and “City Boy Lemon,” lasting under 2-minutes, so don’t let your mind drift off or the song will be over before you get back to it.

The short song lengths have both good and bad aspect to them. The good part is that it keeps you from getting bored and you’re always hearing something new. The bad part is just about the time you really start jamming along to a song it’s over, it’s like sex without a happy ending, it kind of leaves you hanging out there with an unfinished feeling.

Highlight tracks found on City Boy Lemon include, “Simple Man,” a lively tempo song that offers up infectious guitar and drum parts. The “Rich Folk,” another track that offered up an interesting rhythmic rock sound with punchy drum beats. This track is also the hardest edge song that’s found on the release, complete with amped up and slightly distorted guitars.

City Boy Lemon offers up enough strong music in its songs that it should help Hotel St. George to be able to increase their footprint in the very crowded Indie music scene.

Like Hotel St. George? Check out: The Libertines, Buzzcocks, Louis XIV

Hotel St. George

October 18, 2009

Hotel St. George is a four-piece band from San Diego, but you would think they were the neighbors of English bands like Artic Monkeys or The Cribs with their catchy guitar rhythms and their quick, and equally catchy lyrics. The band formed in late November 2007, after a chance meeting between singer/guitarist Matt Binder and bassist/guitarist Erik Visnyak. As a guest at Matt’s Thanksgiving Party, Erik proceeded to spill an entire glass of red wine on Matt’s borrowed Wurlitzer Piano.

After a sincere apology and some chit chatting, the two decided to form a band, enlisting Erik’s pal Simon Leader to play the drums and guitarist Brian Reilly. Two months later they recorded their first EP titled Yippee!!!, a simple, but fun collection of songs reminiscent of early British Invasion. The song ‘Watch Out, It’s the Blues’ won a SPIN Magazine contest and became a feature song in the new video game MLB 2K10. The release earned them two nominations at the San Diego Music Awards, including Best New Band and Best Alternative Album.

The band followed up Yippee!!! with their second release titled Hundreds & Thousands. Where Yippee!!! was written mostly by Brian and Erik, H&T’s songs were written almost exclusively by singer Matt Binder. Less poppy and predictable, the new album was richer in maturity and texture. A lack of money and time for touring led them straight back into writing. The next record City Boy Lemon was by far the boys’ most collaborative to date. The record got picked up by LA based label, This Is Tightrope. The album was released August 2009 for vinyl/digital download only. With only 500 copies of the vinyl in existence, each copy was hand silk screened by a member of the band. The new album will be featured in the second season of the hit MTV show “The City.”

The boys are now hard at work on their fourth record, tentatively titled Fun Shine Line. Though Hotel St. George is predominately a guitar band, the new album is heavy in keyboards and bass synthesizer. While we won’t see a release until 2010, the band is confident in the album’s new direction.