Discovery: Echo Hotel

Echo Hotel are an alternative rock trio from Bristol whose echoing, experimental offering Hangers On caused me to pause for thought.

By Graeme Smith

Feature photo by Milly Blythe

There’s a classic feel to Hangers On. Echo Hotel clearly draw on influences from ’60 and ’70s psychedelic rock and roll. Yet, the track also feels fresh. There’s a feeling of standing on a precipice and looking out to an unknown future as vocalist and guitarist Ed Hambly’s cosmic vocals unfold, accompanied by drums courtesy of Jack Holliday, bass from James Waldron and interludes of sax.

The story behind the track is somewhat more down to earth – based on a post-club late night around Ed’s brother’s house which was invaded by strangers they’d met during the evening. The experience left him with a feeling alienation and discomfort he channelled into Hangers On. I think we’ve all been there.

Check out Hangers On below. If you’d like to hear more music that’s a bit out there, check out our Decomposition playlist on Spotify.