VIDEO: The Hotels – “Make U Mad”

The Hotels - Make U MadWith the release of their latest single, “Make U Mad,” local trio the Hotels prove they have the early Weezer slacker rock vibe on lock, churning out solidly economical power pop built on boisterous guitars and infectious hooks. It’s cathartic, not entirely mindless fun, even if it is a song about a poor schlep who wants to make a go of it with his girlfriend, but can only ever seem to piss her off. Directed by John Manfredi and edited by James Codoyannis, the accompanying video, which features frontman James Watson singing listlessly on a couch while surrounded by a revolving carousel of heavy drinkers, bong tokers and channel surfers, does an admirable job of capturing the song’s self-deprecating humor and fuck-it-all spirit without resorting to cheeseball antics. There’s nothing here that you haven’t seen or heard before, but the production’s goofy charm is damn near hard to resist. Watch it below.

The Hotels will perform Friday August 2 at the Drunken Unicorn in support of fellow locals Dog Bite and Twin Studies. Admission is $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18-20. Doors open at 9pm.

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