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Following The Hotelier’s gigs around Boston this year has been a journey.
After performing at the newly-formatted Boston Calling in May, the band’s originally-planned area show for their fall tour was scheduled to take place at Sonia on November 1. First, it got moved to the Middle East Downstairs. Then, come late October, it was relocated again, this time to the nearby Harvard Square venue The Sinclair, and pushed back to tonight (December 22).
After all those adjustments, the Cambridge gig with Laura Stevenson and pushflowers finally takes place tonight and will be the group’s last concert and hurrah in 2017.
While last year saw the release of the outfit’s widely acclaimed third LP, Goodness, the Worcester-based nu-age punks mapped out and conquered plenty of territory in 2017. After their North American fall tour (that Boston sadly missed out on the first time around), they jetted to Europe to rage with Cloud Nothings, performing together everywhere from Scotland to Belgium. But there’s a certain something about a group of Massachusetts homeboys being back in town that makes the memories come flooding back.
“I went to shows at the Palladium all the time as a kid,” lead singer Christian Holden told Saint Audio earlier this year. “I used to go and see bands, and there are certain bands that I can listen to that take me back to those moments and I imagine myself watching that band and remembering how good it felt and how cool it was.”
Fast forward to 2017 and The Hotelier are among the notable up-and-comers rising from Massachusetts, alongside performers like Palehound and Cousin Stizz, following in the example of other area acts that pushed far beyond the musical sphere of New England.
“There’s a lot of bands — like Converge is a good example — of bands that sort of set the tone for Massachusetts bands and what they needed to do and how good they needed to be in order to be serious,” he added. “Making the same stuff is just not good enough, you have to be very good at what you’re doing and you have to set yourself apart, and that’s sort of what I got listening to music in Massachusetts.”
Stepping onstage for the last time this year in their home state, everything comes full circle tonight on Church Street before hitting the reset button for their 2018 tour dates with Jimmy Eat World. For The Hotelier, being on the move comes naturally.
THE HOTELIER + LAURA STEVENSON + PUSHFLOWERS :: Friday, December 22 at The Sinclair, 52 Church St. in Cambridge, MA :: 7 p.m., all ages, $15 in advance and $18 doors :: Advance tickets :: Bowery Boston event page