Stereogum readers might know Mike Zorrilla and Mike Kirby’s previous band Tiger Dare. We premiered their album Wires Over, Wired In back in spring 2014, calling it “sunny but wistful; the soundtrack to that first day in September when a sudden chill makes you realize you’ll need to start wearing a jacket.” Zorrilla and Kirby have a new trio called Hotline with drummer Ian Vidaurre, and like Tiger Dare, this band deals in deeply satisfying autumnal indie rock.
“Don’t Look Away,” the A-side from Hotline’s forthcoming debut 7″, reminds me of Red House Painters as filtered through American Football. Gleaming guitar arpeggios float through bleary atmospherics as Zorrilla spins a melancholy narrative about facing “the things you can’t explain.” The song is scientifically engineered to elicit those ever-elusive #feels; succumb to its formidable powers below.
The band has some live dates coming up in Brooklyn:
12/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (w/ No Honeymoon, Elena, Uni Ika Ai)
01/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (w/ Emily Yacina, MPHO, Railings)
02/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades (w/ Flower Girl, Slonk Donkerson, Gingerlys)
Hotline’s debut 7″ will be out in early 2016 on Wonderland Archives.