Posts Tagged ‘Hotel Motel Records’

After a break of over four years between album releases, Australian duo Big Scary announce fourth LP ‘Daisy’. Their most playful collection to date, the tracks are full of drama – a little bit spooky and a little bit silly. It’s ok to LOL when you listen (and do a little boogie), but equally there is a thoughtfulness to be discovered within the themes and arrangements. The pair of Joanna Syme and Tom Iansek reflect broadly on superficiality, naivety and fantasy, compared with the complexities of reality, and the ongoing exercise in thoughtful living. Dynamic relationships are explored, between lovers old and new; and with the voice in your head.

Since releasing their last album ‘Animal’ in 2016 the pair have dived into broader creative projects. Tom has released three albums across solo project #1 Dads and duo No Mono, and produced or engineered releases for Maple Glider, Tom Snowdon, The Paper Kites, Airling and Bec Sykes. Jo created a second label imprint Hotel Motel Records (the first being Pieater, run with Tom Iansek and manager Tom Fraser); releasing four LPs, eight EPs and many singles; and toured Australia and Canada with the likes of Quivers and Cool Sounds, as well as working the Pieater releases.

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All songs written and performed by Big Scary, except for “Bursting At The Seams” where extra percussion was performed by Jim Rindfleish and live strings were performed by Emma Kelly

Releases April 30th, 2021

“Is This Offensive And Loud?” is a deviously clever album. In that tiny, momentous window when live music seemed on the way back in, Nat Vazer and her band played a show and instantly captured the hearts of her audience.

Is This Offensive And Loud?is a deviously clever album which offers neither insult nor decibels, but somehow is effortlessly satisfying to all who hear it.

Reminiscent of Cat Power and Angel Olsen, Vazer takes glistening guitars over slightly distorted vocals to create beautiful pieces of audible art. It’s a supremely crafted and perfectly paced album that makes listeners want to hit the replay button the second it’s all over.

Official video for Nat Vazer’s single “Like Demi”, from the debut LP ‘Is This Offensive And Loud?’, released May 29th on Hotel Motel Records:

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Quivers’ new single ‘When It Breaks’ has a golden jangle that glows so brightly I’m honestly a little bit worried I might get sunburnt listening to it. The band, led by Sam J Nicholson, have a knack for taking dark subject matter and moulding it into euphoric and uplifting pop.

It wouldn’t be a Quivers song without a grin-inducing group chorus, and this one delivers emphatically. If you don’t feel the urge to sing along, you’re dead inside for sure.

Quivers make cathartic guitar pop that jangles and shimmers somewhere between 1980s Australia and 1990s America. Started by Sam Nicholson in Hobart, the now Melbourne band has since toured Australia, NZ, Canada and most recently the US where they showcased at SXSW and filmed a session for KEXP in Seattle. 2018’s debut record ‘We’ll Go Riding on the Hearses’ came out through Hotel Motel Records. On it you might hear the ghosts of early R.E.M. guitars, the earnest lost pop moments of The Triffids or The Church, or the loud melancholy of Teenage Fanclub.
Band Members
Sam J Nicholson, Michael Panton, Bella Quinlan, Holly Thomas.

Official video for Quivers “When It Breaks” Single released on 30/10/2019

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At times, Quivers‘ songs seem to emanate from the best college radio station of the 1980s: Sam Nicholson’s songs swoon and jangle with sounds of The Chills, The Go-Betweens and a dozen other Australasian bands in that vein, not to mention the radiant echoes of The Kinks. Nicholson wrote Quivers‘ new album, We’ll Go Riding on the Hearses, in the aftermath of his brother’s death. But he channels his grief into brightly rendered songs like “You’re Not Always on My Mind,” which exudes a cocktail of nostalgia and celebration.

The debut album from Quivers, “We’ll Go Riding On The Hearses”, is an album about road-trips with ghosts, loss, memories and hard-fought optimism. Originally released on hand-made cassette tapes, this album crept under my skin and made itself comfortable – this is half the reason I had to start a record label, in order to help share this with more people. I’m proud to re-release this record on 12″ vinyl, as the very first LP on the Hotel Motel imprint.

Released May 22nd, 2018
Quivers: 
Sam J Nicholson (songs, guitars, piano, harmonium).
James Woodberry (bass, acoustic, sings).
Michael Panton (guitars).
Adam D’Andrea (drums, sings).

New single released 20th February 2019, on Hotel Motel Records