With California Hotel Trans Am deliver a brand new vinyl only album featuring their first new material since 2014's Volume X. Trans Am borrowed ideas from My Bloody Valentine, John Carpenter, DAF, Led Zeppelin, Air, Sade and David Gilmore, among others. The result is an incredibly rich range of sounds that retain a pulsating energy. The album was constructed in four one-week bursts that took place over two years deep in San Francisco's El Studio. In an effort to "get back to their roots" some songs were recorded live to analog tape. The basic tracks for most songs were recorded live, in an attempt to capture Trans Am's "X-factor Rock ‘n' Roll serpent energy." All musicians were playing in the same room at the same time with a minimum of overdubs. This decision was partly choice and partly necessity due to time constraints. The album's title pays homage to late Eagles founder, guitarist and vocalist Glenn Frey – the "forgotten death" of 2016, a year in which artists including David Bowie, Lemmy, Prince and George Michael also left us.