…August Hotel’s music features a depth typically unheard in the soundscape of peers.”
From the moment Joe Padilla sent them low-quality cellphone footage of him singing an LCD Soundsystem song in a bar, high school friends and previous bandmates Ryan Lammers (guitar/production), Craig Schwartz Jr (keyboards), Dean Sinclair (drums), and Cale Singleton (bass), knew they were onto something special. Just over a month later, August Hotel was in the studio working on what would become their new EP, Charms.
Reflective yet euphoric—with pulsating synthesizers, shimmering guitars, and Padilla’s rich baritone weaving through it all—the EP’s first single, “12AM,” depicts August Hotel’s unique take on the indie pop genre. This track showcases their keen ability to effortlessly emulate both the pulsing dance floor and the quiet, lonely night. Shortly after its release, “12AM” received airplay on Chicago’s 101WKQX and was declared “an indie pop giant,” as well as “one of the coolest things that we’ve ever seen or heard” by popular London blog Killing Moon, which later featured the song on their compilation New Moons, Vol. VII.
Live, August Hotel has shared stages with the likes of The Academic, Urban Cone, Nightly, Vesperteen, The Kickback, and Knox Hamilton, as well as headlined clubs around Chicago and the Midwest.
This band and this EP have been a long time coming, but make no mistake that this is only just the beginning for this dynamic group. In the words of Vox Magazine, August Hotel is “a band on the cusp of a breakthrough journey.”
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.