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Hotel Books – ‘Run Wild, Stay Alive’

Emma Matthews
Emma Matthews 23 June 2016 at 17.05

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It's a hard-hitting listen. 

Frontman of Hotel Books and spoken word poet Cam Smith is no stranger to addressing the stigma of mental illness. Their fourth full-length once again reaches out to those who are suffering.

Standout track, ‘Where We Sleep Is Where We Dream’ tackles the issue of depression with soaring riffs and harrowing lyrics, whilst ‘Friendly Crossfire’ highlights the band’s assertive side. Packed with a dynamic mixture of gentle and pained vocals, it’s a theme that continues throughout.

Though the fireball of aggression at times lacks diversity, it’s a feeling that hits home – especially when it comes to personal demons.

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