Bonded through melancholy mindsets and unstoppable ambition, Alternative Pop Rock 4-piece OK Hotel have been branded as Wollongong’s latest export. The 4-piece draw influence from fuzz fuelled 90’s bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, whilst using their immediate writing style and hook-fuelled chorus’ to cement them firmly in the present.
OK Hotel have wasted no time this year, revealing their high-octane EP “Stay Bright” in November, hitting the mark yet again with their signature beltable, heart-on-your-sleeve alternative rock. The band revealed the first taste of this body of work in February with the high-energy, grippingly melodic rock track, “Swim”, followed by a series of shows up and down the east-coast.
Their follow up single, “Life is Crazy (Like That)” cemented their status as ones to watch in the Australian punk scene, receiving praise from PileRats, Tone Deaf, The AU Review, Milky, Forte Magazine and more, being added to Spotify’s Local Noise playlist, and landing them even more spins on triple j. OK Hotel also climbed the triple j Unearthed charts, landing themselves #40 in the top 50 most played artists of 2020.
OK Hotel will be hitting the road again with their debut EP ‘Stay Bright’, a body of work capturing the essence of being left of idle throughout 2020 and amplifying that frustration for you to hear, spread out across 5 cities between Canberra and Gold Coast. Start 2021 off right to one of their shows in February and enjoy the high-praised tracks of ‘Stay Bright’, supported by some of Australia’s best up-coming acts.
Praise for OK Hotel:
“If 2020 ushers one east-coast punk group into one to watch status, we hope that it’s OK Hotel.” – PileRats
“It’s a track that beckons to be screamed on top of someone’s shoulders in a dusty Yours & Owls pit. Distorted, meaty guitars carry one of the most joy-inducing choruses we’ve heard all year.” – Tone Deaf
“This track validates the explosive presence of the band, placing their skills for hook-driven choruses and instantly engaging melodies front and centre.” – Forte Magazine
“OK Hotel’s arrival has gotta be one of the few brilliant and memorable things to come out of 2020.” – Abby Butler (triple j)
“My new favourite song on first listen – now that doesn’t happen often. Impressive.” – Claire Mooney (triple j)
“These guys rip! If you can’t get around this then we can’t be mates.” – Dave Ruby Howe (triple j)