HOTEL BOOKS is a personal subject for me. For a couple years I hosted them whenever they played Dallas shows. They slept on my floor, let me cook for them, and take care of them when they were sick on tour, and in return bought me a microwave, left game tokens, and shared hugs and some excellent stories. It seems fitting then that this newest album, Equivalency (out now, InVogue Records) is one of their most personal releases to date. Using a mix of voice mails, Siri-esque narrations, and the heartfelt vocals and lyrics of frontman Cam Smith, HOTEL BOOKS covers the slow decay of a relationship on the verge of collapse with this record.
When I first listened to it, I was reminded of the song “Stay Happy There” from LA DISPUTE. That track is also a frenzied attempt at trying to understand why a relationship is unravelling from the center. However, Equivalency seems to attack this subject from a far more emotionally descriptive viewpoint. Once again, Cam Smith and Co. have been able to show and explain a personal subject and I expected nothing less.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “I Knew Better, But Did Nothing”, “Violent Smile”