The Enright Hotel

The Enright Hotel

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Electronic-Singer/Songwriter-Duo: A modern-day Simon and Garfunkel, drawing from Radiohead, Keane, and The Postal Service

Biography

The Enright Hotel is the joining of forces of two musicians with rare versatility, abilities, and accomplishments: Steve Hackman- singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, composer, conductor, and American Idol Season 7 semifinalist, and Bill James- singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and recording engineer.

Finalists in this year’s John Lennon Songwriting Competition, The Enright Hotel creates stunningly beautiful harmonies that float atop ethereal musical landscapes. The sound, which they call alternative-electronica-singer/songwriter, is like a contemporary Simon and Garfunkel- who had grown up listening to Radiohead, Bjork, and The Postal Service.

Both Bill and Steve were music directors of ‘The Other Guys’ vocal ensemble at the University of Illinois, but at different times- Steve directed the group first, then went off to study conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the younger Bill was admitted as a freshman to ‘The Other Guys’, and would eventually take over as director. Word of the extremely gifted freshman got to Steve quickly, and when Bill graduated years later with a music composition degree, an invitation to join a band was waiting- and The Enright Hotel was formed.

Suddenly Steve’s songs, which he had been crafting for years, had a second voice.

Momentum picked up very quickly. Their very first gig was in front of 2000 people, opening up for The Other Guys’ Spring Concert in Champaign. Meanwhile they kept up their old routine of serenading the sororities on campus, trying out songs and testing new material. In the months since, they have performed over 50 times, and forged their own unique sound that is unmistakably ‘The Enright Hotel’. Upon hearing this sound, The New York Songwriter’s Circle asked them to showcase in February at The Bitter End in New York City. That will come on the heels of their participation in the ‘Cream of the Cream’ at World Café Live in Philadelphia, a highly publicized competition for the 12 top acts of 2007. They have become a favorite on their native 20th Street in Philly, where they play often at D’Angelos and Snack Bar, and can often be seen hanging out there, perfecting their harmonies. In addition, they’ve performed at O.N.E., Lickity Split, Burlap and Bean, Fergie’s Pub, and Upstairs at World Café Live. Both originally from the Chicago suburbs, they also go back to Chicago to play, at venues like Uncommon Ground, the Beat Kitchen, and the Elbo Room.

The members’ consummate musicianship can easily be demonstrated by their recent tour to Europe with the University of Illinois Varsity Men’s Glee Club. During the days, they performed with the chorus in such venues as Notre Dame in Paris: both conducted the choir, Steve in his original composition written for the ensemble. Bill’s voice soared as a primary soloist, Steve accompanied on the organ. But at night, they played at local music clubs, such as the Republik in Salzburg and The Loft in Lucerne , winning audiences over with their balance of engaging and energetic up-tempo songs and hauntingly beautiful ballades. And of course, when they weren’t playing at a club, they were in the streets, busking and selling CDs, and delighting the European passers-by with a rare sight: two tall, handsome American men, singing soulfully and harmonizing eloquently.

Lyrics

My Old Man

Written By: Steve Hackman

My Old Man
Words and Music Copyright 2008 Steven Hackman

Hey, BJ-
What do you hear from our old man
Any word, anythin’?

Hey, BJ-
I suppose you hear what people say
He done mixed up in

The woman on the rail coach
The man on the ferry boat
They tell me that he did ‘em both

Down by the water, the water
Hey, BJ

Hey, BJ-
What do you hear from our old man
Since he been on the run

Tell me: do you believe ‘em, BJ?
The tales they tell about the night he left
And the evil that come

They saw him in the twilight
Screamin’, out of his mind
They said they saw the devil at his side

Down by the water, the water
The water, the water

Hey, BJ-
What’s gonna become of our old man
They gonna hang him dead

And does it ever scare you BJ
That when they do, the devil, he gonna come
For me or you instead

I know you like the river’s sound
When you’re lying there on the ground
But, BJ, don’t you ever go back down

By the water, the water
The water, the water

He is my old man
He’s my old man
He is my old man

You Know

Written By: Steve Hackman

You Know
Words and Music Copyright 2006 Steven Hackman

You know-
If I could be there now I would
And you know-
All the things I wish I could
Say to you
That aren't allowed

You know-
All the ways that I have tried
And you know-
All the times that I have spied
On you
High in your tower

Ah...

You know-
How long I've tried to be
And you know-
Someone else besides me
For to prove you of my honor

Ah...

Ooo.. oh...

The Place I Call Home

Written By: Steve Hackman

The Place I Call Home
Words and Lyrics Copyright 2008 Steven Hackman

Absorbed in me, you stand
On rocks, on burning sand
Your feet contest the fiery embers
Your steps fearless on razor edges

‘Cause you’ve yet to learn
And see the place I call home
The place I call home

I escort you in style
You enter with grace and a smile
If you look you’d see your name written on the wall
If you listen you’d hear the warning calls

But you’ve yet to learn
And see the place I call home
The place I call home
The things I have learned
The place I call home [You’ll see…]
The place I call home

You’ll see the things that you’ve yet to learn
You’ll see the place, the place I call home

The Pendulum Song

Written By: Steven Hackman

Well the days seem to go by like a pendulum swings
Monday, you're in heaven, but it's hell that Tuesday brings
You can't remember a Wednesday that ever went so wrong
But believe me- Thursday'll be better- according to this song

Swing out, swing over, swing back
I know you're gonna do it- it's a scientific fact
C'mon pendulum, swing my way
Just like what goes up has got to come down
Once you go out I know you're comin' back around, now
C'mon pendulum, swing my way
Swing my way

Well the seasons seem to go by like a pendulum swings
Winder's cold and lonely, but you find new love in Spring
Summer- fun in the sun with your loved one, you're havin' a ball
But believe me- you're in for some hard times, come this Fall

Swing out, swing over, swing back
I know you're gonna do it- it's a scientific fact
C'mon pendulum, swing my way
Just like what goes up has got to come down
Once you go out I know you're comin' back around, now
C'mon pendulum, swing my way
Swing my way

Well the years seem to go by like a pendulum swings
You just gotta find you're own way of measuring [kinda like this]
Last year, around this time, I had a big old broken heart
But this year- this year- the pendulum brought me a brand new start

Swing out, swing over, swing back
I know you're gonna do it- it's a scientific fact
C'mon pendulum, swing my way
Just like what goes up has got to come down
Once you go out I know you're comin' back around
C'mon pendulum, swing my way
Swing my way

Alone Tonight

Written By: Steven Hackman

Would you catch me if I fall
Answer to my call
When they’re coming after me
And my defenses are weak

Be with me till the end
As a lover, and as a friend
Help me to be strong
When my will has all but gone

Lay with me in my garden
When the walls are being stormed by rebels and thieves

Lean your head on my shoulder
Look up at the stars
And we’ll make believe, oo oo oo:
Only me and you alone tonight

And we’ll make believe, oo oo oo:
Only me and you alone tonight

Oo…

And if they come for you
I’ll tell you what I’ll do
Build a fortress ‘round
Upon the highest ground

Guard you, day and night
Preparing for the fight
Sing you songs to sleep and hold you ‘till the morning light

Lay with you in your garden
And though we fear the worst, we’ll plant a seed
And on the final morning
I’ll take your hand, and promise

That it will come to be, oo oo oo:
Only me and you alone tonight
It will come to be, oo oo oo:
Only me and you alone tonight

Oo…

Girls Pointing Guns

Written By: Steven Hackman

I�m on a real high wire
Hoverin� over a pool of fire
I�ve been up here seven hours
And my feet are getting tired

But believe me, hey
Believe me, hey:
I�m sure gonna find a way out

Well, you�re damned if you do
And you�re damned if you don�t
So if you�re askin� if I�m going down-
I guess I will and won�t

But believe me, hey
Believe me, hey:
I�m sure gonna find a way out

Ah�

I�m an outlaw on the run
For some deals that I�ve done
Got the lawmen chasing after me
And girls pointing guns

But believe me, hey
Believe me, hey:
I�m sure gonna find a way out

Got a marker on my back
Dogs sniffin� on my tracks
But my moves are always subtle
And my deck is always stacked

So believe me, hey
Believe me, hey:
I�m sure gonna find a way out

I�m treading in some deep water
Underneath me, sea marauders
And the current�s getting stronger
Stayin� up is getting harder

But believe me, hey
Believe me, hey:
I�m sure gonna find a way out

You took a moment to discuss it
Do you believe me?
Do you trust it?
Man, I rob em� blind and they can even see me comin�

So believe me, hey
Believe me, hey:
I�m sure gonna find a way out

Ah�

I�m an outlaw on the run
For some deals that I�ve done
Got the lawmen chasing after me
And girls pointing guns

But believe me, hey
Believe me, hey:
I�m sure gonna find a way out

Got a marker on my back
Dogs sniffin� on my tracks
But my moves are always subtle
And my deck is always stacked

So believe me, hey
Believe me, hey:
I�m sure gonna find a way out

Discography

The Enright Hotel
EP
Performed and Produced by The Enright Hotel

1. You Know
2. The Pendulum Song
3. Alone Tonight [Acoustic]
4. The Place I Call Home
5. The Gun Song
6. The Lady (I Love Her)
7. My Old Man
8. Alone Tonight
9. Home