Now that the band is starting to leak some of the material off of their next, to-be-released-in-August LP, we can rest assured that at least that much hasn't changed. As the band has proven consistently in live settings since taking a sharp left turn with their sound, the new material may be different, but it certainly isn't worse.
Rather, it's not worse at all -- it's better, and by a longshot. Cultivating what appears to be a Flock of Seagulls influence, The Burning Hotels may be re-visiting the '80s a la so many others before them, but they're certainly doing so on their own terms and in their own way. And it pays off: "Beard," the first single off of the band's new album, and which the band has kindly made available as a free download," is an earworm to be sure, a dance track that demands repeat listens.
Stream and grab it after the jump.
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The Burning Hotels -- "Beard"