“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

Formed in 2009 at their high school in Massachusetts, The Hotelier released their eagerly anticipated third album Goodness earlier this year, 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.

The Hotelier Links: Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video of ‘Piano Player’ below:

Plus support from CRYING

The Crying formula is simple: drench an entry-level Motown song in creamy distortion, completely flip the vocal dynamics without losing any of the juicy flavor, and squirt in a few too many twisted melodies played out of a programmed Game Boy. Mixing regal riffs and tasty beats with soft vocals, intimate lyrics (oftentimes crushingly so), and harsh but sparkling synth lines, the New York power trio strikes a stylistic balance between decades and genres, each song bearing the gifts of timelessness and formal disrespect. Crying recently released their new LP Beyond The Fleeting Gales via Run For Cover Records.

Crying Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Wool In The Wash’ below:

Plus support from WOOD AND NAILS

Birmingham indie punk four-piece Wood and Nails take inspiration from US bands such as JapandroidsThe Gaslight Anthem and Brand New but still have both feet planted firmly in the midlands with their lyrical take on modern life in the Second City.

Wood and Nails Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Sorrow’ below: