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Album artwork for Hands Across the Creek by Hotel Lux
Album artwork for Hands Across the Creek by Hotel Lux

Hotel Lux release their debut album Hands Across The Creek, on The state51 Conspiracy. The Portsmouth / London band released a critically acclaimed debut EP in 2020 and have spent the subsequent period writing and honing this debut LP, which is produced by Bill Ryder-Jones. Standout track 'Common Sense' takes songwriting influence from The Beautiful South and lyrical inspiration from RMT strikers and trade union leader Mick Lynch. The use of direct and plain-English reveals an incisiveness and a considered contemplation of modern Britain in 2022.

With new guitarist Max (of fellow South London band LEGSS) bringing a “scratchy and harsher, more tone-y Telecaster sound” with him in 2020, the roots of Hotel Lux’s transformation were soon in place. The band’s classic influences — Dr Feelgood, The Stranglers and Ian Dury — would mesh with the sounds of artists like Neil Young, Brian Eno and The Waterboys as Hotel Lux spread their wings while remaining faithful to their roots. (It’s a truth reflected in the album title — a phrase Lewis picked up from his Dad’s mates, which he believed to refer to the Portsmouth-Fareham connection.)

Vulnerability seems to creep in throughout the album. The songs were predominantly written in a rehearsal space in Bermondsey over a period of lockdown when ‘work meetings’ were allowed. Over the course of a few months, as tensions grew and friendships trod carefully along a tight rope. Through many, many ‘work meetings’ - Hands Across the Creek was birthed.

The band then decamped to The Wirral, near Liverpool, where they found further inspiration in the marina, the local Morrisons and a producer and kindred spirit in Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral; Arctic Monkeys; Yard Act) — who also contributed piano to the record. It was here that the band’s multi-faceted influences, £20 Casio keyboards and experimentation with omnichords, violins and marauding song structures finally fell into place. With rich emotional peaks matching the band’s signature self-effacing wit, and as many jangling guitars as there are squiggling organ hooks, the results have proven emphatic.


Hotel Lux

Hands Across the Creek

The state51 Conspiracy
Album artwork for Album artwork for Hands Across the Creek by Hotel Lux by Hands Across the Creek - Hotel Lux
Album artwork for Album artwork for Hands Across the Creek by Hotel Lux by Hands Across the Creek - Hotel Lux
Album artwork for Hands Across the Creek by Hotel Lux
LP+

$32.99

With Lyric Booklet, UK Import

White Vinyl

Limited to 100 copies
Released 01/27/2023Catalogue Number

CON901LPRT

Hotel Lux

Hands Across the Creek

The state51 Conspiracy
Album artwork for Album artwork for Hands Across the Creek by Hotel Lux by Hands Across the Creek - Hotel Lux
Album artwork for Album artwork for Hands Across the Creek by Hotel Lux by Hands Across the Creek - Hotel Lux
Album artwork for Hands Across the Creek by Hotel Lux
LP+

$32.99

With Lyric Booklet, UK Import

White Vinyl

Limited to 100 copies
Released 01/27/2023Catalogue Number

CON901LPRT

Hotel Lux release their debut album Hands Across The Creek, on The state51 Conspiracy. The Portsmouth / London band released a critically acclaimed debut EP in 2020 and have spent the subsequent period writing and honing this debut LP, which is produced by Bill Ryder-Jones. Standout track 'Common Sense' takes songwriting influence from The Beautiful South and lyrical inspiration from RMT strikers and trade union leader Mick Lynch. The use of direct and plain-English reveals an incisiveness and a considered contemplation of modern Britain in 2022.

With new guitarist Max (of fellow South London band LEGSS) bringing a “scratchy and harsher, more tone-y Telecaster sound” with him in 2020, the roots of Hotel Lux’s transformation were soon in place. The band’s classic influences — Dr Feelgood, The Stranglers and Ian Dury — would mesh with the sounds of artists like Neil Young, Brian Eno and The Waterboys as Hotel Lux spread their wings while remaining faithful to their roots. (It’s a truth reflected in the album title — a phrase Lewis picked up from his Dad’s mates, which he believed to refer to the Portsmouth-Fareham connection.)

Vulnerability seems to creep in throughout the album. The songs were predominantly written in a rehearsal space in Bermondsey over a period of lockdown when ‘work meetings’ were allowed. Over the course of a few months, as tensions grew and friendships trod carefully along a tight rope. Through many, many ‘work meetings’ - Hands Across the Creek was birthed.

The band then decamped to The Wirral, near Liverpool, where they found further inspiration in the marina, the local Morrisons and a producer and kindred spirit in Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral; Arctic Monkeys; Yard Act) — who also contributed piano to the record. It was here that the band’s multi-faceted influences, £20 Casio keyboards and experimentation with omnichords, violins and marauding song structures finally fell into place. With rich emotional peaks matching the band’s signature self-effacing wit, and as many jangling guitars as there are squiggling organ hooks, the results have proven emphatic.