Hospitality (band)

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Hospitality
Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Indie pop, Rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels Merge Records
Members Amber Papini
Nathan Michel
Brian Betancourt
David Christian

Hospitality is an American Indie pop trio from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Amber Papini (vocals, guitar), Brian Betancourt (bass) and Nathan Michel (percussion).[1] The band is currently signed to Merge Records[1] and released their first full-length album on January 31, 2012.[1]

History[edit]

Hospitality released its first self-titled EP in 2008. It came about after the band met Karl Blau at a show they both played at the Cake Shop.[2] Blau heard Hospitality's soundcheck and asked if he could record them in exchange for Hospitality acting as his backing band sometime in the future.[3] The EP garnered a few favorable reviews[4] and earned Hospitality the title of band to watch from Stereogum.com.[3]

Hospitality remained quiet for the next few years as they worked on side projects and Papini tended to a death in the family.[5] They eventually recorded their first full length album and signed to Merge Records in September 2011.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The band garnered buzz from Wired, NPR and others even before releasing their debut.[6] The album was met with generally positive reviews. Pitchfork.com gave it a 7.4,[7] The AV Club rated it an "A-" [8] and Rolling Stone awarded 4 out of 5 stars.[9] Whitney Matheson of USA Today's Pop Candy named it her album of the week after its debut.[10]

The album was listed at #32 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying "Indie-pop cuteness this severely catchy doesn’t come around too often." [11]

The first video from the album, for the song "Friends of Friends," debuted on Stereogum.com on January 23, 2012. It featured Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development, comedian Kurt Braunohler and Gabe Delahaye of Videogum.com.[12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Hospitality (2012)
  • Trouble (2014)

EPs[edit]

  • Hospitality (2008)
  • The Drift b/w Monkey (2012)

Singles[edit]

  • "Friends of Friends" (2011)
  • "Betty Wang" (2011)
  • "The Drift" (2012)
  • "Monkey" (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Hospitality Biography". Merge Records. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "An Interview with Hospitality". Yet Sweet Chimneys. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Band To Watch: Hospitality". Stereogum.com. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ McCall, Tris. "Hospitality -- "EP"". The Star Ledger. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  5. ^ ""Hospitality tweaks pop conventions in quest for 'The Right Profession'" by Nathan Mattise". Wired.com. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  6. ^ ""Hospitality: The Weight of Reinvention" by Mike Katzif". NPR.com. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  7. ^ ""Hospitality: Hospitality" by Rachael Maddux". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  8. ^ ""Hospitality: Hospitality" by David Greenwald". The AV Club. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  9. ^ ""Hospitality: Hospitality" by Simon Vozick-Levinson". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  10. ^ ""Album o' the Week: Hospitality" by Whitney Matheson". USA Today's Pop Candy. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Hospitality, 'Hospitality'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  12. ^ ""Friends of Friends" Video Stereogum Premiere". Stereogum.com. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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