The Spotlight


By Alan Ho

Who: Hidden Hospitals
Where: Chicago, IL
Sounds like:  MuteMath, Hoobastank, You Me at Six, Thrice, Lostprophets

One half Damiera and one half Kiss Kiss, the halves combine forces to become potentially explosive alt-rock outfit Hidden Hospitals, who come out of Chicago’s enduring and thriving alt-rock scene.  “Places revealed to those seeking resuscitation, rejuvenation, decompression, atonement.” Their website defines where this band derives its moniker. Their iconic mark embodies this foundational vision. Obscured within a double “H” is the universal symbol for aid.

The whole sound cone was conceived by former Damiera frontman David Raymond in near-meticulous fashion with Jared Karns, Steve Downs and John Scott all buying into Raymond’s vision.  The producer for “EP 001” has described the process as “Addition by subtraction”…“Whenever a new sound is introduced, another must be scaled back to accommodate.”

The end result is an awesome motif of “soulful rhythm and melody, orchestrated in a disciplined fusion of cohesive sound.”  Tack on the rarely used addition of an orchestra behind it, you have a sound that combines pop, alternative, rock and prog rock with a touch of electronica to create “turn-of-the-21st Century indie rock”.  Take a look and listen of their sound in their debut video “Swan Dive”!  You can also buy their album on iTunes or stream on Spotify!  The Spotlight cannot wait to see what this bubbling and potentially explosive alt-rock band will bring to music in 2012!


You can catch the alt-rockers touring in support of their release:

Hidden Hospitals Tour Dates

(w squid the whale, american opera)

02.29.12 // Saginaw, MI @ Hamilton St Pub

03.01.12 // Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt

03.02.12 // Chicago, IL @ Township


03.09.12 // Dubuque, IA @ The Busted Lift

03.10.12 // Madison, WI @ The Frequency

03.11.12 // Dekalb, IL @ House Cafe

04.05.12 // Chicago, IL @ Underground Lounge


04.12.12 // Fredonia, NY @ BJs

04.13.12 // New York, NY @ Sullivan Hall

04.14.12 // Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts

04.15.12 // Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

04.16.12 // Akron, OH @ Musica

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