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HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Australia


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This innovative stoner rock group from Melbourne has reached interesting levels by reducing the amount of players to minimum. Containing only guitar and drums, this duo has enhanced possibilities of reactive live playing and strong potential for psychedelic improvisations. Both of these virtues executed by devoted players have given birth to quite abstract sludge hypnotics, satisfying fans of heavy mantra prayers. The guitar has deep and wide sound, and the merging with powerful drum battering give form to freely morphing flow of instrumental sequences. Surprising proof that less can be more, and their albums released trough Bro Fidelity records are recommended to fans of heavy psychedelic progressive rock music. Some related bands for sound reference could be EARTHLESS, COLOUR HAZE and the 1970?s classics BLACK SABBATH and BUDGIE.


Eetu Pellonpää 2010


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Black Yolk
2008
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Hotel Wrecking City Traders & Gary Arce
2011
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Ikiryo
2014

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Hotel Wrecking City Traders
2007
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Somer / Wantok
2010

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 Somer / Wantok by HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
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Somer / Wantok
Hotel Wrecking City Traders Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

— First review of this album —
1 stars These guys have talent, but they need to find a band. Without bass, keyboards, or any other context, the attack of heavy electric guitar over drums seems phony, like a gang of growling pixies. There could be so much more to this. "Somer" is a track that has coughing electric guitar with a drumming session, and that is all. The guitar is distorted and the drums sit in the backdrop. After a silence, the chugging, thin guitar returns. In "Wantok," a nice heavy riff opens this, and the drums again sit in the background. The guitar takes on some effects on this one, particularly phaser, but none of this is enough to keep it interesting.

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 Hotel Wrecking City Traders & Gary Arce by HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Hotel Wrecking City Traders & Gary Arce
Hotel Wrecking City Traders Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Conor Fynes
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— First review of this album —
2 stars 'Hotel Wrecking City Traders & Gary Arce' - Hotel Wrecking City Traders (4/10)

I would never proclaim the realm of 'stoner rock' to be my area of expertise, but I like to think I have an open ear to most types of music. Hotel Wrecking City Traders is a partnership between the brothers Matthews, who gear this band towards loose compositions, spacey atmospheres, and the laid back vibes that give it the label its been introduced to me as. Although this is coming to me under the guise of a full-length, 'Hotel Wrecking City Traders & Gary Arce' is a two track, twenty minute affair that starts and ends before the lasagna's out of the oven. Although I would normally feel disappointed about having such a small slice of music to hear from an artist, 'short and sweet' may have been the best route to go for this band. While HWCT are fine craftsmen of soundscapes, both of these compositions they offer here come off as being painfully dull, with little sense of dramatic build or composition to them.

Calling this 'noisy ambient rock' may be a little awkward, but it's probably the best way I could describe 'Hotel Wrecking City Traders & Gary Arce'. Armed with a guitar and drumkit, the Matthews brothers piece together slow, droning compositions, often improvising upon a set theme. Toby Matthews' guitar work would not sound out of place on a post-rock record, with plenty of reverb and echo to flesh out his noodling. Ben Matthews' drumwork may very well be the more interesting aspect of the band's music, managing to throw a few powerful fills into the generally slow, wandering music. 'Coventina's Cascade' is the more wandering of the two songs on the album, to be sure. It's a generally spacey piece where Toby's sometimes interesting guitar ideas gently drive the piece to nowhere. 'Traverse Of The Oxen' is a more powerful track, and also where the talent of these two musicians comes out most. Ben's drumming sounds like he could be playing for a post-metal band, and the flourishes of Toby's guitar work gets exciting here and there. There are times when the band sounds like they are building up to something climactic, and while those moments got me excited, I was usually let down. To be clear; Hotel Wrecking City Traders give the illusion of a dynamic composition on 'HWCT&GA', but never live up to it.

I may be hard on 'Hotel Wrecking City Traders & Gary Arce', but it is clear to me that this pair of musicians have a good chemistry together. A greater sense of composition and focus is needed to create a memorable music experience, however. The noisy, wandering approach of this music will appeal to some, but I am not feeling it.

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 Hotel Wrecking City Traders by HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
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Hotel Wrecking City Traders Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars This neat EP dozes a half hour of twisting sonic fix of Hotel Wrecking City trader's abstract sludge music. The guitar gains incredible depth in its sound, and the songs flow pleasantly with loose, groovy and raw stoner rock themes. Fast alterations in rhythms, innovation in song structures and intensity of large sound produced with minimal instrumentation creates interesting paradox to the record, as the patterns which first may appear quite conventional, quickly escape from the mainstream musical approach to vivid realms of imagination and dreams. This process perhaps culminates in the long catharsis of final song "7 Minutes of Tape". Correctly working contrasts often bring extra value to any art, and the cross tension of brutal rock and impressionistic noodling appears to work very well for me on this disc. In addition of doom-oriented patterns there are also more relaxed psych rock themes enlarging the tonal palette of the disc, as for example in the song "Sutter Cane. I admit the tracks and their names do not here feel so important as the continuously flowing sounds, which swirl like a hair of some psychedelic character observing listener from the record sleeve. Fun and very recommendable, if you are open to free brutal music.

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