Live Review: Hotels, Erik Blood @ Chop Suey 5/7

photos and review by Katy McCourt-Basham

Chop Suey was pretty quiet when I arrived last Thursday night. I got there at 9p.m. and was surprised to hear that the first band, Silver Teeth, had already played. It was an early night for Chop Suey (the show was over before midnight). Erik Blood took the stage not long after I arrived, and Hotels would close out the night.

I’m not going to lie, I had never heard Erik Blood before this show. I didn’t quite know what to expect, and, luckily, was very pleasantly surprised. His set was fantastic. The seven people crammed on that tiny stage gave a very energetic and heartfelt performance. One of the earlier songs in the set was about gay marriage, stating “I will not support the war on me.” Blood then began to play some awesome toe-tappin’ dance songs. Erik Blood is a confident performer, and his band is exceptionally talented. They used beautiful vocal harmonies throughout their set, and did a lot of genre mixing. The overall sound is hard to describe, but I would say that it’s a poppy version of The Cure meets The Beach Boys meets 60’s era soul meets super awesome.

The crowd had gotten a little bigger by the time Hotels took the stage. They opened with “Flight of the Navigator”, the last song on their most recent album, Where Hearts Go Broke. Most of their songs were from this most recent album, but they played a couple of new songs as well, including “The Bat Watusi”, their closing number. Their encore song was “Atlantic”, a track from their 2005 album Thank You For Choosing…. Hotels played exceptionally well, stepping up even from their great set on KEXP earlier that day. I look forward to seeing them play again soon.

Hotels will be playing at The Comet on May 21st and at the Noise For The Needy benefit at The High Dive on June 13th. Erik Blood will be playing The Tractor on June 16th.

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