Hospitality (band)

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Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York
GenresIndie pop, Rock
Years active2007–2014
LabelsMerge Records
Fire Records (UK)
MembersAmber Papini
Nathan Michel
Brian Betancourt
David Christian
Past membersGia Papini
Kyle Olson

Hospitality was 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 was signed to Merge Records and released their first full-length album on January 31, 2012.[2][3]


Papini and Michel met at a party at the Yale School of Music.[4][5][6] They later married and moved to Red Hook, Brooklyn.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] The EP garnered a few favorable reviews[10] and earned Hospitality the title of band to watch from[9]

Hospitality remained quiet for the next few years as Betancourt toured with White Rabbits[11] and Papini tended to a death in the family.[12] They eventually recorded their first full-length album and signed to Merge Records in September 2011.[3] The band went on hiatus in 2016 when Papini and Michel started a family and relocated to Charleston.

Critical reception[edit]

The band garnered buzz from Wired, NPR and others even before releasing their debut.[13] The album was met with generally positive reviews. gave it a 7.4,[14] The A.V. Club rated it an "A−" [15] and Rolling Stone awarded 4 out of 5 stars.[16] Whitney Matheson of USA Today's 'Pop Candy' named it her album of the week after its debut.[17]

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."[18]

The first video from the album, for the song "Friends of Friends," debuted on on January 23, 2012. It featured Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development, comedian Kurt Braunohler and Gabe Delahaye of[19]



  • Hospitality (2012)
  • Trouble (2014)


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


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


  1. ^ "Hospitality Biography". Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Hospitality set to release Merge debut on January 31". Merge Records. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Welcome, Hospitality!". Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  4. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo. "Brooklyn band Hospitality have a shimmering new album many years in the making".
  5. ^ "Hospitality: The Best of What's Next". February 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "Q&A: Hospitality's Amber Papini On Competing with NYC Noise-Rock, Signing with Merge, And The Red Hook Scene | The Village Voice". 3 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Hospitality makes intellectu-pop without being smart alecks".
  8. ^ "An Interview with Hospitality". Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Band To Watch: Hospitality". 12 February 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  10. ^ McCall, Tris. "Hospitality -- "EP"". The Star Ledger. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Hospitality: It Turns Out Our Music is Kind of Friendly Sounding". Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  12. ^ ""Hospitality tweaks pop conventions in quest for 'The Right Profession'" by Nathan Mattise". 26 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  13. ^ ""Hospitality: The Weight of Reinvention" by Mike Katzif". Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  14. ^ ""Hospitality: Hospitality" by Rachael Maddux". Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  15. ^ ""Hospitality: Hospitality" by David Greenwald". 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  16. ^ ""Hospitality: Hospitality" by Simon Vozick-Levinson". Rolling Stone. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  17. ^ ""Album o' the Week: Hospitality" by Whitney Matheson". 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  18. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Hospitality, 'Hospitality'". Rolling Stone. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  19. ^ ""Friends of Friends" Video Stereogum Premiere". 23 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.

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