Strange Hotel
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Strange Hotel

San Francisco, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013

San Francisco, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Alternative




"S.F. band Strange Hotel stays the course, musically speaking"

Was there a band you heard when you were young that inspired you to become a musician?
FAS: A friend burned me a mix CD when I was in junior high, and on it was the song “Rock and Roll” by the Velvet Underground. The guitars were so beautiful, and the lyrics really gripped me. It’s all about an isolated and rather cynical girl who discovers the magic and freedom of rock ’n’ roll. It was the first time I had heard music that I could really relate to on a personal level.

How does living in the Bay Area affect your music?

FAS: It sometimes feels like pulling teeth to get people to go to shows here, and with this new influx of young urban professionals in my neighborhood, I’m beginning to feel like a homeless person when walking down the street to practice with my guitar. It definitely does not seem to be “cool” to be in a band in San Francisco at this point. App designers are the new rock stars.
Which of your lyrics best defines your band and why?
FAS: “All the World Is a Strange Hotel.” We’re all dealing with our own personal problems each day. Wondering why are we here and what the heck are we supposed to do. Hopefully during the time of our existence, we realize we ought to live for the things we love and the things that matter to us during our “stay” in this hotel, so to speak. We as bandmates love music. While we lodge in this world’s experience, we’re going to do that.
Check it out: - SF Chronicle

"Best Up-And-Coming Bay Area Bands Of 2014"

Strange Hotel
Together for a little over a year, Strange Hotel is already gaining notable attention, having been selected as The Deli’s SF Band of the Month for October. The hometown band lists “a lot of 80s goth,” The Cure and “all that CBGBs New York Punk” among its influences but lead singer Frank Abreau’s soaring tenor somewhat resembles Geddy Lee of the Canadian rock trio Rush or even Roger Hodgson of another Canadian rock band, Supertramp, while the band’s scorching guitar riffs seems to have inspirations from a wealth of pre-80s rock influences. Recommended songs to enjoy include “All the World is a Strange Hotel,” “Delusion of Self (Double Life) and “Dead in My Tracks.” The band recently performed at the Love City Horror Show and the Love City Music Festival in July. Upcoming shows include appearances at The Hemlock off Van Ness Avenue and Landmark Ballroom in San Jose. - CBS SF Bay Area

"Get to Know: Strange Hotel"

As you’ve probably already surmised from the included photo, Strange Hotel is a rock band, and a damn good one at that. Yes, they don’t just look cool, they sound cool–their music combines the best elements of the classic rock vinyl gathering dust in your dad’s basement and the modern-day, hip indie-rock lighting up the blogosphere. From the soaring lead vocals of Frank Abreau Salazar (those Queen-esque harmonies on “Delusion of Self”!) to the pummeling drums of Timi Aristil (that nasty double-bass fill on “All The World Is A Strange Hotel”!), everything about the group just works.

When they’re not blowing up your speakers on Get-The-Led-Out grooves like “Dead In My Tracks,” they’re seducing you with heartsick ballads like “I’ve Been Making Promises I Can’t Keep,” both styles pulled off with the same laid-back efficiency. Add to all that a handful of organ solos, a few ripping guitar riffs, and a song about selling your soul for rock n’ roll and, well, what more can you ask for?

My favorite track, however, is the semi-punk attack “Rat Trap”: starting with a scorching bass line, propelled by a blistering drumbeat and anchored by an epic chorus, this song is in the running for 2014’s Most Rockin’ Tune of the Year award. Jack White you officially have some solid competition.

Link: - The Bay Bridged


Blending classic, psychedelic, and acoustic rock in their own unique way, Strange Hotel has been creating a local buzz since they formed earlier this year. Vocalist/guitarist Frank Abreau sometimes sounds like Mercury. Sometimes like Dylan. Other times like Jack Russell from Great White or some other 80s glam metal singer. His band, which also consists of guitarist Sean Reilly, drummer Tim Aristil, and bassist Miles DeIaco, recently released their full length debut album, All the World is a Strange Hotel. Do415 sat down with the self-described ‘gothedelic’ group to discuss how they met while working at a church, their evolution from studio project to full-fledged live band, and their new music video. Read on for our interview and check out the exclusive video premier for their album’s title track below. By Brett Leader. - DO415


Strange Hotel - Self Titled  (2013)



Strange Hotel is a San Francisco based, four-piece Rock band. The band is consisted of lead singer and guitarist Frank Abreau Salazar, guitarist Sean Reilly, drummer Timi Aristil, and Myles Deiaco on bass. From tape machines to yoyo's and your favorite colors worn on your back, their sound favors the lost memory of the moments you've once had.  

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