A night in an amusement park is always a memorable experience. The thrill that a few PBR’s and a belly full of elephant ears can bring is almost indescribable. It’s an event that is best left documented in the sands of time via home video camera. What can make said documentation of the evening better? How about if you threw in a nice indie pop ditty like “Austin’s Birthday” from Texas-based The Burning Hotels. Their crisp and highly effective sense of rhythm is nothing short of a perfect reincarnation of the modern post punk era that has been imitated many times before, but save for The Strokes or the now debunked Young Immortals, never quite like this.
The Burning Hotels produce a high quality sound that spoon feeds you teaspoons of pop goodness and a codeine-laced combination of harmony and disarray. Much like the up-yet-sort-of-down-tempo track “Austin’s Birthday”, the video is a classic “living in the moment” sort of rendition of a typical exploration of America at its most entertaining — a display of commercial greed (why the county fair of course!). But, at one point in the video the band stops for a second to ponder something, or everything, as they float around a slow moving Ferris Wheel. It’s in this moment that a real sense of actual being can be seen in the eyes of this truly devoted-to-personal-success band of merry Texans. Many more evenings of laughter and dysfunctional behavior are sure to be had in the future for The Burning Hotels.
“Austin’s Birthday” is the first track off The Burning Hotels’ latest album, Novels.
Download: “Austin’s Birthday” by The Burning Hotels
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