“August Hotel’s music features a depth typically unheard in the soundscape of peers.”
— Chicago Tribune
Combining fresh, modern sensibilities with the influence of ‘80s yesteryear, August Hotel has established itself as one of Chicago’s most energetic and insightful bands. Comprised of Eva Padilla (lead vocals), Landon Hegedus (keyboards/saxophone), Ryan Lammers (guitar), Dean Sinclair (drums), and Cale Singleton (bass), August Hotel has been playing together since 2017, after Padilla sent a grainy smartphone video of herself singing to the rest of the band. Within a month, the band was in the studio working on their first EP, 2017’s Charms.
After an extensive schedule of live shows, the band took a step back to record new music, embracing their evolution and new experiences. Released in 2020, August Hotel’s second EP, Stations, presents four new songs that expand on the group’s ability to weave together each member’s specific musical background and influences. Stations examines different forms of loss—the end of a relationship, the sacrifice of a trans activist, the loss of personal control when struggling with mental health, and losing a guitar on the train—aiming to convey universal experiences via unique stories.
Lead single “Disaster & Delight” explores reconciliation after the end of a relationship through an infectious melody and cheeky–yet still sincere–lyrics. Stations’ accompanying titles strike various tones and moods: urgency, elevation, and melancholy. Produced by Drew Polovick of Friday Pilots Club, this sophomore EP exemplifies the band’s deep passion for the story telling qualities of their carefully crafted music. Constantly progressing as individuals and as a band to produce captivating and complex tunes, August Hotel is poised for a breakthrough.
GLASS HOUSE POINT
The band was formed in September of 2013. Over the course of 2 years, Glass House Point has developed into a mature and experienced group featuring powerful vocals, crisp harmonies, and engaging instrumentation. The band has performed at countless venues and festivals, such as Lakeland’s Green Celebration (2013-2014), MayFaire (2014-2015), Gram Parson’s Derry Down (2014-2015), and The Polk Theatre (2015). Glass House Point just finished recording at its first commercial studio, Sound House Studios, with the seasoned and renowned audio engineer Jonathan Gautier. Their debut EP, Love Lives in Dark Places, is set to be released this December.
FRIDAY PILOTS CLUB
Based in Chicago, Friday Pilots Club is a cohesive Indie Rock band drenched in reverb and glistening guitars. Their driving drums and bass, combined with captivating lyrics and vocals belies their youthful age. Friday Pilots Club ensures a hard-hitting, yet enthralling experience.
Ember Oceans embodies a breath of fresh air in the indie synth-rock genre, seeing themselves and what makes a catchy pop tune through a new perspective. Their self-titled debut EP takes their warm electric groove for one hell of a joy ride that feels great the whole way through. Stop at the beach and surf through the rich harmonies and waves of reverb soaked synthesizer and guitar, popping like bubbles along to the crisp beats and bass that drive the songs on a roadtrip that travels through summers of influence and sound. Ember Oceans does not want you to just listen to their music, they want you to take it on vacation and have the best trip you’ve had in years.