Winter Hotel Talks of Current Content and Upcoming Material Ahead of the Future!

Alternative metalheads WINTER HOTEL have a handful of single's out off their release "Vacancies". More music is on the way and in the works currently, with them to hit the stage real soon! The band talks about this content and lots more!

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

The band began when our vocalist, from Michigan USA met myself (Liam), from Lincolnshire, England met at a pub in Bangor, North Wales, 2017 during our time as students at Bangor University. We hit it off almost immediately and as musicians, we discussed music and our widely varying tastes, deciding to jam together and see what came of it. Things started snowballing quicker than we thought and after we’d written a few songs we added some more members to our lineup and played some local shows. We quickly found a home scene in Bangor and its music community and things just seemed to bloom from there. Before we knew it, it seemed as though we had made the transition from ‘local band’ to a full-time, professional project. More recently, we’ve had a bit of a reshuffle in our lineup and Warren and I have brought on board our new drummer, Charlie and bassist, James.

2. What’s the origins of the band’s name?

The inspiration for our name comes primarily from 2 sources. Firstly it is inspired by Stephen King’s story, The Shining - a book and film we are all huge fans of. Secondly, it was inspired by the poem November Hotel, by Phil Bowen.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you’d recommend?

We met and began in Bangor, North Wales. Its a small city with a lot more to it than meets the eye. The surrounding coast and mountainous terrain was really influential in our early writing process. In terms of local bands that we’d recommend we would absolutely suggest everyone listen to Krank. They’re incredible musicians and great guys. Their live show is something that needs to be experienced. They welcomed us onto the scene with open arms early on which was really appreciated. Check out their debut album on Spotify.

4. How would you describe your style?

We would call it alternative metal. This is the best way to sum up our quite unique sound that encompasses influences all the way from brutal slamming brutal death metal to Midwest emo and post hardcore.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

So far, we’ve released 3 singles from our 5-song collection, Vacancies. You can find Lovers at Bay, 19 and Waste on YouTube and all major streaming platforms. From our music, people can expect an unusual combination of the disparate genres of metal. Even if you aren’t particularly a fan of ‘heavier’ music, you can find something you like here. Our songs are driven by melodic lead lines, with vocals dynamically snapping between emotional and brutal tones. Lyrically, we pride ourselves on combining real life experience with some narrative edge. What you take away from these songs is unique to you and we hope that you enjoy hearing our art as much as we loved creating it.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We still have two Chapters from Vacancies to release soon. Keep an eye out for those. Also, we’re hard at work in the writing process for our next release.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We used to be fairly busy with playing shows pre-COVID 19. Unfortunately, that has made live performances very difficult. However we are still working hard on releasing songs so that we can keep providing our fans with music even if we aren’t able to play in front of them any time soon. However, you can bet once this pandemic is over that we’ll be straight back on stage at the earliest opportunity.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

So much. As I said, expect to see us back on stage on a regular basis when this pandemic is over. We’re writing for our next release and have more songs dropping soon. We’re working on so much more, but we aren’t at the point where I’ll be able to speak about that in any detail just yet.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

All of our currently released music is available free on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and other streaming platforms. We have a bandcamp account with a pay-what-you-want system, if you’d like to download a track for free on there you are more than welcome to, but if you want to shoot some money our way that is also very much appreciated. We know times are hard and we don’t expect anyone to have to pay for music in this day and age, we’re just infinitely grateful to have people listening to and enjoying our music. We’ll have an online merch store going live soon, if you want to pick up a shirt that's a great way to support us. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Insta for more details on that.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I don’t think we have any particular preference here. What you read into our music and take away from it is your experience and is unique to you.

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