Strange Hotels in the U.S
How did all of you meet?
Frank Abreau: I was working at a church playing guitar and bass. Miles was doing sound. Timmy was playing drums.
Miles DeIaco: Then we met Sean at a bar. [laughs]
FA: Eventually we had to quit. We were fighting for the wrong side; working for the enemy.
Sean Reilly: Satan owns rock and roll.
MD: Do you know that song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”? The devil’s parts are way cooler than the other guy's.
FA: Charlie Daniels is good, but he’s no Lucifer.
MD: And the devil had Miles Davis in his band.
So after quitting the church, you guys started playing together?
FA: Our previous band fell apart. Tim’s band fell apart.
SR: My band was falling apart at the same time.
FA: We all had this net that we fell into that was Strange Hotel.
MD: Now when we break up with girlfriends we’re worried that the rest of us are going to break up with girlfriends. [laughs]
How did the record come about?
FA: The recording started in January. It was an acoustic record initially and then it became a rock record.
SR: You can’t fight the rock.
What was the concept behind the new video?
MD: David Dutton, the director, seemed very artistic and cool and right away he wanted to work with us. When we met with him we really liked his concept - all of these double exposed scenes.
SR: We wanted a performance video that was artistic and something you haven’t seen before. The results are better than we could have hoped for.
What is the meaning behind the band name?
SR: All of the world is a strange hotel. We’re just passing through. It was here before us and it will be here after us. We all just occupy this space for a while and it is a very strange experience.
MD: You have to get kicked out at some point.
FA: Individually you are also a strange hotel. People come into your life and leave. It relates to both.
What artists inspired Strange Hotel’s sound?
FA: The Mars Volta, Baby Shambles, Razorlight, a lot of 80s goth, The Cure, Television, all of that CBGBs New York punk.
SR: I was listening to Back Sabbath, Muse, and Cave In when I first joined because that’s what Strange Hotel reminded me of. As they brought each new song to me, I noticed that each song was a completely different genre than the previous song and I had to branch out as a musician to be able to play with them.
SR: A bed and breakfast. I’m quaint, peaceful. A place you want to come back to.
FA: I would be a haunted hotel with multiple personality disorder.
MD: A desert motel because I’m from the desert and I like people not being too close to me – unless it’s people I like.
Why should people come to a Strange Hotel show?
FA: There are not a lot of people doing what we’re doing right now here in San Francisco. Not to be conceited, but no one else is doing records like we’re doing.