Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: The Hotelier

Sasquatch
05/26/2017
Matthew Howland
all photos by Matthew B. Thompson

One would not necessarily associate The Hotelier with Sasquatch Music Festival. The band, out of Worcester, MA, make notably anthemic emo/punk rock. Their sophomore record Goodness graced a number of Top 10s in 2016 (see: a No. 5 finish on the AV Club's list), and brought the group's music to a larger audience. However, one had to wonder whether The Hotelier would sound natural amidst a sea of beer cozies and tank tops. Judging by the sizable crowd at the Bigfoot Stage, however, it seems that the music adjusted just fine to the festival setting.

The group's set drew largely from Goodness, the energy of frontman/bassist Christian Holden translating to the Sasquatch crowd. Overall, the group brought a necessary edge to Day One of Sasquatch, in spite of the slight culture clash.

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