From the moment Joe Padilla sent them low-quality cellphone footage of him singing LCD Soundsystem in a bar, high school friends and previous bandmates Ryan Lammers (guitar/production), Craig Schwartz Jr (keyboards), Dean Sinclair (drums), and Cale Singleton (bass) knew they were on to something special.
Their upcoming EP, Charms, is reflective yet euphoric, with pulsating synthesizers, shimmering guitars, and Padilla’s rich baritone weaving through it all. The EP’s first single, “12AM,” showcases August Hotel’s ability to effortlessly soundtrack both the dancefloor and the quiet night alone. Shortly after its release, “12AM” received airplay on Chicago’s 101WKQX and was declared “an indie pop giant” and "one of the coolest things that we’ve ever seen or heard" by London’s Killing Moon, who later featured the song on their compilation New Moons, Vol. VII.
Live, August Hotel has been seen sharing stages with the likes of Urban Cone, Nightly, Vesperteen, The Kickback, and Knox Hamilton, as well as headlining clubs around Chicago and the Midwest.
This band and this EP have been a long time coming, but make no mistake that this is only just the beginning. In the words of Vox magazine, August Hotel is “a band on the cusp of a breakthrough journey.”