"We made our name by making good music," explains Painkiller Hotel's vocalist, Kevin Presbrey. "I'm extremely proud of what this band has been able to achieve without the help of some crazy image. People are drawn to the band based on the strength of the music." With their second release, “Afterglow," Presbrey believes people will begin to put a face with Painkiller Hotel’s music. The album’s ten explosive tracks were produced by Chris Sevier (Eliot Morris) and mixed by George Tutko (Duran Duran, Rod Stewart, John Cougar, and The Rolling Stones).
Drawing comparisons to such artists as Pearl Jam, Tonic, and Live, and boasting a sentimental songwriting style, Painkiller Hotel is quickly making a name for themselves on the national scene with the appearance of their song “So Far Away” on MTV’s “Real World Sydney,” performances at the 2008 and 2009 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX, a 2008 tour through Australia, 13 additional TV placements on other major network shows such as “The Hills” and “Bad Girls Club,” and airplay on 160 CMJ radio stations nationwide including 93 WXRT Chicago.
Painkiller Hotel, the epitome of the hard-working Midwestern band, earned its stripes playing over 200 regional shows a year over the past five years at regional clubs throughout the United States, sharing the stage with such greats as Train, Doobie Brothers, John Fogerty, Tonic, Michael Glabicki (Rusted Root), Sister Hazel, and Everclear. Their grassroots support for the band caught the attention of Rock Ridge Music, who signed Painkiller Hotel in the summer of 2009.