Britain's Beat Hotel presents timeless Creation Records-inspired eponymous EP
"Catchy, feel-good and memorable, not to mentioned polished in both delivery and production. Just the formula you want in a track that leaves a first impression on the listener. This is a band whose music captures the feeling of living in the whirlwind of love – one that is steadfast and timeless"–The Big Takeover Magazine
"Beat Hotel has achieved a fine balance of power pop, melancholic drifter elements, churning guitar vibes and nostalgic flashbacks" –The Spill Magazine
"Six tracks indebted to their heroes that really hit the mark" –Louder Than War
"A kind of pop circadian rhythm, providing another example of the potential power harbored within that ubiquitous palindrome, P-O-P"–Stereo Embers Magazine
After a lengthy hiatus from the music scene, UK indie-rock outfitBeat Hotelpresents their eponymous EP via British underground labelOccultation Recordings. The mini-album is available digitally and on 12” vinyl.
The 'Beat Hotel' EP features current and former members ofThe June Brides, The Loft, The Weather Prophets, The Distractions, Mudlow, Mojo FinsandLolita Storm.
Based between Brighton and Plymouth, Beat Hotel is the occasional manifestation of an idea for a band, thatArash Torabi (The June Brides, The Distractions, The Granite Shore)andPaul Pascoeformed after meeting at a 1988 gig byThe Jasmine Minks' (first band signed toCreation Records). Many years later, their first released Beat Hotel single also featured The Jasmines' frontmanJim Shepherd.
With a strong live presence on the local scene, they had recorded plenty of demos, but did not release any recordings until 2013 with the double A-side 7"'Best of Our Years / The Fire'. At that time, the band was permanently joined byDave Morgan, drummer fromThe LoftandThe Weather Prophets(two other Creation Records' artists), who also played with The Rockingbirds and recorded with The Jazz Butcher, Primal Scream, Vic Goddard, Subway Sect and ATV.
They were later joined by guitaristStephen Brett after recording at the legendary Rockfield Studios and playing Glastonbury with his former band Mojo Fins. Stephen also performs solo as SJ Brett. Also guesting here isFrank Sweeneyof The June Brides and now Magic City Trio, with a recordings to his name for Primal Scream, Felt, and Slaughter Joe.
This long-awaited release presents a melodic, psychedelic wall of sound, a touch of garage rock & roll and balanced with more laidback, strings-laden atmospheric vibes. Of these tracks, five are originals written by Paul Pascoe, plus there's a cover version of'Beat Girl', originally recorded by ex-Loft memberBill Prince’s bandThe Wishing Stones in 1986. Frank Sweeney from The June Brides (Arash has also been a member since their reunion in 2011) also added some stunning strings and piano parts on this track.
“Every now and again, we produce something that’s very special to us. These forays into the physical world are usually inspired by a collaboration. This time it was driven by an unexpected creative surge due to the sudden and shocking end of a relationship. I felt like I had to relearn everything about how to be in the world and look seriously at who I actually am. I found comfort in the music that had given me a sense of belonging the first time around. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Weather Prophets…these songs and songwriters, so familiar to my psyche, were there again to drag me to safety," saysPaul Pascoe.
"This collection of songs is about love and near-death and confronting the very worst aspects of ourselves, facing down those inner demons, the fears that haunt us and our deepest, darkest secrets. And… with one of the tracks beginning it’s recording journey in 1997 and getting its final guitar overdub and mix in 2019 (in all it’s 3 minutes 14 seconds of rock’n’roll glory), this record is also a tribute to the awesome power of getting shit done.”
Recorded atChurch Road Studiosin Hove, this record was produced, mixed and mastered byPaul Pascoe, the band’s lead singer, guitarist and songwriter. Also a member of Brighton bands Mudlow, Palm Springs and Perfect English Weather, previous studio work includes the last 2 albums by Barry Adamson ofMagazine / Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' fame.
As of January 31, the 'Beat Hotel' EP can be order is available on12" vinyland digitally across online storesand streaming platforms likeSpotify.The mini-album can be ordered directly from the band viaBandcamp. Any physical orders also come with MP3 download
1. Feel It
2. Bury It Deep
3. Low Slung Loser
4. Beat Girl
5. Daddy, I Drown
6. Heat Light Fire
All songs written by Paul Pascoe, except 'Daddy, I Drown' (written by Siena Barnes/Paul Pascoe) and 'Beat Girl' (written by Bill Prince)
Recorded at Church Road Studios, Hove
Produced, mixed and mastered by Paul Pascoe
Paul Pascoe - vocals, guitar and production
Arash Torabi - bass guitar and vocals
Dave Morgan - drums
Stephen Brett - guitars and vocals
Frank Sweeney - viola/keyboards
James Thomas - drums on 'Low Slung Loser'
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