Hotel Lux - Hands Across the Creek

Hands Across the Creek

Hotel Lux

Formats Tracks Price Buy
12" Vinyl Album (Blue Smoke) 10 tracks £22.00
12" Vinyl Album (1-50 Deluxe) 10 tracks £35.00 Out of stock
Download Album (MP3) 10 tracks £7.99
Download Album (WAV) 10 tracks £7.99
12" Vinyl Album (51st Ed - Box) 10 tracks £180.00 Out of stock
Download individual tracks From £0.99

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Hotel Lux - Hands Across the Creek



The state51 Conspiracy is proud to announce the debut album by Hotel Lux, Hands Across The Creek, released 27th January 2023.


The Debut Lux Edition:

First pressing, limited to 700 copies:

+ Blue smoke vinyl
+ Full colour inner
+ Sealed in polybag liner
+ Free download (wav and mp3)

The Hotel Deluxe Edition:

Designed and assembled in the award-winning state51 Atelier.

+ Strictly limited to 51 numbered and signed copies
+ Blue smoke vinyl record
+ Lyric book, bound in the state51 Atelier, including handwritten insert and flexi disc of unreleased track ‘Vice’
+ Enamel pin badge
+ Each bundle wrapped in a hands-across-the-creek belly band, sealed and numbered
+ The 51st edition is presented in a unique hand-made, foil stamped box.





Once contenders for the mantle of Britain’s most self-conscious band — guilty, by their own admission, of pandering to audiences’ tastes following their move from Pompey to London — Hotel Lux have crafted an identity that is truly their own on bold debut album, ‘Hands Across The Creek’.

Early, clattering pub-rock singles had received widespread acclaim, but “there was always that little voice in your head,” says bassist Cam. The anxieties were hardly quelled when the band’s big break in America proved a non-starter in 2020 after SXSW Festival was cancelled. The announcement came just as Hotel Lux completed the fundraising incentives for their planned appearance in the wake of the ‘Barstool Preaching’ EP release. “We were gutted,” vocalist Lewis Duffin remembers.

Lewis and Cam, alongside guitarist Sam Coburn, drummer Craig MacVicar, and new members Max Oliver (guitar) and Dillon Home (organ; violin), were left stumped: “it was the most fragile we’ve been”, says Cam. With touring off the cards, the dream of releasing an album was what kept them going – even though it took “a long time” and “a lot of arguments” before they settled on a sound to call their own. “Craig and Sam got hooked on ESG,” Lewis explains — referring to the ‘80s NYC post-punk band known for their funky rhythms and simple refrains. “I hated that. It was doing my head in.”

But with new guitarist Max (of fellow South London band LEGSS) bringing a “harsher, more tone-y Telecaster sound” with him in 2020, the roots of Hotel Lux’s transformation were soon in place. The band’s classic influences — Dr Feelgood, The Stranglers and Ian Dury — meshed with the sounds of artists like Neil Young, Brian Eno and The Waterboys, and, in the end, Hotel Lux found themselves “doing the whole ‘haha, that’s what the fourth album will sound like’ thing” on their first, says Cam.

They decamped to The Wirral, near Liverpool, with Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral; Arctic Monkeys) as multi-faceted influences, £20 Casio keyboards and marauding song structures fell into place. Since the recording was completed, Hotel Lux have already found some vindication: they managed to make it to SXSW this year, after being invited back by the organisers. Now, Hotel Lux look set to become something their early critics might have not foreseen: a band full of confidence, with the ability to transcend their peers and carve out their own corner of the British music tapestry. “It feels really important,” Lewis concludes. “We spent a lot of time worrying.”








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Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (Blue Smoke) (CON901LP)
  1. Old Timer
  2. Common Sense
  3. National Team
  4. Eastbound and Down
  5. Strut
  6. Morning After Mourning
  7. An Ideal For Living
  8. Points of View
  9. Eazy Being Lazy
  10. Solidarity Song
12" Vinyl Album (1-50 Deluxe) (CON901LPX)
  1. Old Timer
  2. Common Sense
  3. National Team
  4. Eastbound and Down
  5. Strut
  6. Morning After Mourning
  7. An Ideal For Living
  8. Points of View
  9. Eazy Being Lazy
  10. Solidarity Song
Download Album (CON901)
  1. Old Timer
  2. Common Sense
  3. National Team
  4. Eastbound and Down
  5. Strut
  6. Morning After Mourning
  7. An Ideal for Living
  8. Points of View
  9. Eazy Being Lazy
  10. Solidarity Song
12" Vinyl Album (51st Ed - Box) (CON901LPXX)
  1. Old Timer
  2. Common Sense
  3. National Team
  4. Eastbound and Down
  5. Strut
  6. Morning After Mourning
  7. An Ideal For Living
  8. Points of View
  9. Eazy Being Lazy
  10. Solidarity Song