SUN HOTEL + CANTADOR + LETTERS & NUMBERS at New World Brewery
What starts out as a rather mellow meditation on “Talks” – the opening track on Sun Hotel’s latest EP, Gifts – unfolds into a thundering explosion of dirty guitar, bellowing floor toms, and impassioned harmonies that find the New Orleans-based quartet shouting “I’m wrong about a lot of things now.” What they haven’t got wrong, however, is how to take listeners on one hell of a journey. Gifts subtly goes from loud to achingly quiet – often within one song – and the effort is one of the best records of 2011.
Mobile, Ala.-based El Cantador play a brand of modern rock that ranges from dancey to dark and come in support of their latest LP – last year’s Fools For Light.
SUN HOTEL (New Orleans)
EL CANTADOR (Mobile)