Hotel Royal

Hotel Royal

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Retro, funk, and blues inspired garage rock with just enough pop to keep you (and them) dancing - Hotel Royal plays clean, fun rock ‘n roll for all ages. Their philosophy is simple yet proven: they play what they want for those who want it, even if they don’t know it yet.

Biography

"It’s because of people like the guys of Hotel Royal that they say some are just 'born to be stars'." - Lithium Magazine

"[Hotel Royal] played a well constructed proportion of rock with a bit of blues, pop with a bite and lead singer Chris Hepburn’s Mick Jagger-like mannerisms sealed the deal..." - Exclaim! Canada

Televisions features, newspaper spreads, and competition titles are among Hotel Royal’s shortlisted accomplishments, alongside performing with legendary Canadian acts like Sloan, Lighthouse, David Wilcox, and April Wine, and touring south-western Ontario with iLL Scarlett...You’d think the Whitby-based quartet were pro, yet this is all within one year of releasing their debut EP, which features five clean and completely original retro, funk, and swing inspired garage rock hits.

On stage, Johnny Gregson, twins Chris and Andy Hepburn, and new addition as of 2012, Kaylan Szuch, compose an explosive, wickedly consistent, and airtight working unit regardless of the circumstances. They understand that it takes more than just the right music or just the right look to make an impression, and they demonstrate this understanding with unconcealed passion for every aspect of their roles:

"Though I’d never once heard of this band, it took all of a few seconds to gain my full attention. Lead singer and guitarist Chris Hepburn, who was completely soaked in sweat by the second song, didn’t seem to care one bit that he was performing for a crowd of less than ten people. Instead, he gave us everything a packed house deserves and more.” – Fazer Magazine

Hotel Royal continues to move forward with a simple yet proven philosophy: they play what they want for those who want it, even if they don’t know it yet.

Current Plans:

After two highly rewarding years in Durham region, the band spent most of 2011 recording their first full length album, which is due to be released later this year - beginning with the release of their first single, "Love Junkie" in January 2012.

With hometown success, new music, and a new keyboardist on board, Hotel Royal is looking forward to bringing their fun and fresh style to stages across Toronto and beyond.

Lyrics

Wasted Youth

Written By: Music: Hotel Royal - Lyrics: Chris Hepburn

Waking up with the t.v. on / radio plays his favourite song / and drowns out what he’s thinking / hear a voice from another room / smell the smoke of the cheap perfume / and it lingers him along without / knowing where he’s been / or where he’s going / wasted youth / wasted all my time / searching for answers end with lies / waking up in a cheap motel / feeling dirty and not yourself / but it’s not the first time / stumble to the nearest phone / no one answers no one’s home / it’s just another day without

Bang Bang

Written By: Music: Hotel Royal - Lyrics: Chris Hepburn

Bang! Bang! / hit the town bout an hour ago / feelin’ high but I'm feelin’ low / can you give this cowboy a home / cause I'm never gonna get there / never gonna get there / oooh I’m likely / to keep walking blindly / with my eyes closed tightly / staring at the starting line / Bang! Bang! / can you hear me at your window / Bang! Bang! / can you hear me at your door / is there anybody out there? / better run from the storm / walked a mile and I’m feelin’ tired / wide awake but I’m uninspired / can somebody light the fire / cause I’m never gonna get there / never gonna get there / ooh I’m going / where the winds blowin’ / no way of knowing when it’s all going to end

She Don't Mind

Written By: Music: Hotel Royal - Lyrics: Chris Hepburn

Me and my baby went out for a stroll / the sky was black and hypothetical / she told me her secrets and I told her mine / left out the part about me doin’ time / she went ooh ooh ooh / ooh ooh ooh / I really want it / she went ooh ooh ooh / ooh ooh ooh / I really need it / she don’t mind / bout the car I drive / when she’s out with me it’s her she sees deep in my eyes / watching the stars we’re caught in a daze / lying beneath the sycamore shade / taking the time to feel what’s right / just forgetting bout the morning light / trying to stay awake / sleeping with past mistakes

Are You In It For The Money

Written By: Music: Hotel Royal - Lyrics: Chris Hepburn

Ooh roll that dice girl don’t be shy / place your bets better make ‘em high / everybody’s watchin’ you / come on sugar what you gonna do / then you ask yourself / is this what you really want / too bad it’s what you got / are you in it for the money? / are you in it for the fame? / are you in it for the money? / she knows everybody in her town / from the crooks in the alley to the cats in the pound / she’s gonna put her name in lights / walk the walk gonna fight the fight

Sleepless

Written By: Music: Hotel Royal - Lyrics: Chris Hepburn

Yeah you’re keepin’ me up all night / yeah yeah you, yeah yeah you / you know you’re keepin’ me / she’s gonna feel what it’s like to have sweat dripping down her spine / she’s gonna shake to the beat, like a fish at the end of my line / can the cameras move a little closer / can the lights move a little brighter / yeah you’re keeping me up all night / yeah yeah you, yeah yeah you / you know you’re keeping me up all night / I watch her eyes watchin’ me / just to see how they react / I got the drums and the bass to fill in all the gaps / can the flashes come a little stronger

Discography

Hotel Royal EP
Released: December 2009
All songs written and performed by Hotel Royal
Lyrics by Chris Hepburn

Track listing:
1 - Wasted Youth
2 - Bang Bang
3 - She Don't Mind
4 - Are You In It For The Money?
5 - Sleepless

Love Junkie Single
Released: January 2012
Written and performed by Hotel Royal
Lyrics by Chris Hepburn

Set List

1) Bang! Bang!
2) Strange Language
3) Workin' for the Devil
4) Love Junkie
5) She Don't Mind
6) Message From the Queen
7) You Really Got Me Going (Kinks cover)
8) Do What You Want
9) Are You In It For the Money?