This website has been put together primarily to document Anna Calvi’s musical background, provide links, pictures and music from other band’s, projects and musicians that she previously worked with. Besides Cheap Hotel, Anna Calvi was involved with a number of other bands and music projects including: The Cherry Brakewells, Isolda, Koto, Amigdela, Chiquita, Lunatic Crash, The Ballad of Cristal Conners and The Swampus Trio. More information about these bands along details of new music projects formed by those who have worked with Anna Calvi can also be found on these pages.
Cheap Hotel formed around 2005-2006 after drummer and backing vocalist, Gregg Braden answered an advert placed in the NME. With Anna Calvi fronting the band (vocals and guitar) and Ulli Mattsson on fretless bass and backing vocals, the trio toured the UK and Ireland with The Pigeon Detectives, Acoustic Ladyland and Mr Hudson and the Library. After discovering their music on Myspace, actor / musician Jared Leto invited Cheap Hotel to support his band, 30 Seconds to Mars for two sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo. Cheap Hotel hosted their own monthly club night at The George Tavern in Whitechapel named, “Pretty Vacancies” and in 2008, released their debut single, “New York” with an accompanying promotion video. The band finally announced their split via Facebook in 2009.
Anna Calvi – Vocals, Guitar
Ulli Mattsson – Backing vocals, Bass
Gregg Braden – Backing vocals, Drums
Cheap Hotel’s debut (and only) single release was “New York”; the launch party was held at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Shoreditch. The promotional video for “New York” can be seen below.
This is Cheap Hotel playing “54th” from their gig at the Waterats, Kings Cross on 30/03/07.