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Kieran Webber
Kieran Webber

Founder of CLUNK Magazine. Normally found hunched over his desk searching for new music.

Portsmouth/London post-punk outfit Hotel Lux return in triumphant style with single ‘National Team’

The world cup has come and gone but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some football themed post-punk, right?!

Well, buckle up because the Portsmouth/London based band Hotel Lux have come through with a thumping yet nonchalant single ‘National Team’, taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Hands Across The Creek’, out January 27th. Hotel Lux’s debut EP ‘Barstool Preaching’ saw them achieve critical claim and hundreds of thousands of streams, it was an incredible opener and start to the bands seemingly illustrious career.

The band have spent the past couple of years honing their sound and writing the debut LP, which is likely to go down as one of the strongest releases of 2023.

‘National Team’ sees the band continue on what made them so popular to start with witty lyricism, tongue-in-cheek delivery, and an infectious sound that remains upbeat but carries an element of melancholy. Kicking the track off is a rambling guitar that leads the way towards the slacked out vocals, the low hum of the bass pushes through whilst the percussion ties it all up in a nice indie-post-punk bow.

Speaking on the track the band say: “The tune was conceived when I was sat watching England’s National Football Team play on the TV whilst tucking into a very sad takeaway, watching people my age and considerably younger #winning at life.”

‘National Team’ is but a taster of what is to come yet it acts as a great introduction. Bring on 2023 where we will see the inevitable return and rise of Hotel Lux.

Watch/listen to ‘National Team’ here:

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