Omaha’s Drake’s Hotel Hits Blind Bob’s
By W.C. Ruffnel
Some motherfuckers got drums. Some got a wife and a drum machine. This is true for Chris Y. of Drake’s Hotel, a band that is composed of his wife, Amy Drake, and some machines that create the rhythmic backbone to their shoe-gayz tunes & tune drops. When you listen to Drake’s Hotel, it conjures up images of friendship; images of guitars, images of faces singing, and images of friendly faces singing with guitars.
Drake’s Hotel are all of these things. They take breathtaking photos of themselves and make us all feel like heroes for having watched them. Having once been label-mates with Dayton’s own Lab Partners, it only makes the most logical of sense, cents and scents that these two acts play together. On August 4, these titans of swirling axe-attacks are getting ready to stare at the floor – Get it?
Shoegaze? – at Blind Bob’s. We at the Dayton City Paper – and by DCP, I mean me – had a chance to use an electronic mail system to contact this married couple and pick their brains a bit. I specifically used electronic mail because when I record phone calls, I feel like a creep.
So who is Drake’s Hotel? What do each of you do?
We are husband and wife. Chris is from Annapolis, Md. and Amy is from Iowa. We’ve been playing together for eight years. We each play guitar and sing. Amy is the primary vocalist and Chris is the main guitar player. We write, record and produce our music in our home studio. –Drake’s Hotel
How long is your current tour?
We’re playing about a dozen shows over the summer with the last show being in our former hometown of Santa Cruz, Calif. -DH
What’s the best city you have played in thus far?
We had a great time playing in Portland, but honestly our favorite show was the last time we played Dayton with the Lab Partners. They are just so extremely talented, great live and incredibly nice people. -DH
What is the worst city you have played in? Any city that smells like shit in comparison?
We’re pretty grateful to play anywhere so we’ll overlook the occasional smell. -DH
What’s the scene like in Omaha?
It’s a thriving scene with big shows every week. There are new clubs and bands springing up all the time. It’s somewhat dominated by indie rock bands, but there are opportunities for all types of music if you’re willing to put in the effort. -DH
How many albums have you released? What’s the newest album you’re touring in support of?
We have four albums. The latest is Logic Adopts Senses. -DH
What influences your music?
Chris is more influenced by the ‘80s and Amy is influenced by the ‘90s. Some of our favorite bands are House of Love, Chameleons, the Smiths, Interpol, Psychedelic Furs, the Go-Go’s, Echo and the Bunnymen, Killing Joke, Metric, The National… to name a few. -DH
Is being married and in a band better than being divorced and working at Subway?
If you’re married, why is one of you “Y” and one of you “Drake”?
We never really thought about it. It didn’t seem important at the time. -DH
What is your current label?
We currently put out our material on our own DH Music label. -DH
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done playing a show?
Amy forgot lyrics to “Game Show Heart” once. Chris played a song in the wrong tuning. -DH
Do you have any expectations of playing in Dayton?
We expect to enjoy some dill pickle soup at Blind Bob’s. We sincerely hope it’s still on the menu. -DH
What amps do you use to get all the crazy sounds on your record?
Too many amps to count, but I’d mic an old shoe if it sounded good – Chris Y
If you’re guilty of ripping off an artist, who is it?
We haven’t intentionally tried to mimic any of our heroes, but we know cherished music gets internalized. If we’re guilty of sounding like someone else let me know who because they’re probably awesome – CY
Ha, ha. – Amy Drake
Cats or dogs, and why?
We have both. Dear God, we have both. -DH
I’m looking at a picture in the Google Image Search and there’s a third guitarist in the picture. Who is that guy?
That was probably our good friend Brendan Titrud. He’s an incredible musician and played a few shows with us. We wish he could play more, but he has his own music career. -DH
Drake’s Hotel will perform on Saturday, August 4 at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth Street. Also on the bill are Lab Partners and The Van Allen Belt. Doors at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for 21 & up. For more information visit drakeshotelmusic.com.
Reach DCP freelance writer W.C. Ruffnel at WCRuffnel@DaytonCityPaper.com.