Hotel Lights

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Hotel Lights
Darren Jessee of Hotel Lights
Background information
Origin North Carolina/Brooklyn, NY
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2004-Present
Labels Bar/None Records
Associated acts Ben Folds Five
Website [1]
Members Darren Jessee
Alan Weatherhead
Jay Brown
Zeke Hutchins

Hotel Lights is an American indie rock band led by singer-songwriter Darren Jessee, the drummer for Ben Folds Five.[1] Hotel Lights have released four albums and one EP.[2]


The band self-released the album Hotel Lights in 2004.[3] It featured Archers of Loaf drummer Mark Price and Sparklehorse touring guitarist Alan Weatherhead. It was officially released by Bar/None Records in March 2006.[4] In support of the first album, Hotel Lights toured with Bishop Allen, Tift Merritt, and Nada Surf.

2006 also saw the release of six song ep Goodnightgoodmorning and a Hotel Lights recording of "The End of the Tour" for They Might Be Giants tribute album, Hello Radio.

Firecracker People released in August 2008,[5] was recorded at Butch Vig's Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, features longtime collaborator and guitarist Alan Weatherhead with rhythm section Jay Brown and Zeke Hutchins of Tift Merritt's band. The album was praised for its understated elegance and songwriting. The fifth track, "Amelia Bright", was originally performed by Ben Folds Five on their final tour.[5]

In 2009 The band joined Ben Folds on tour in the northeast and supported shows for Mark Eitzel and Joel Plaskett in Brooklyn, NY.

The album, Girl Graffiti, was released August 16, 2011 on Bar/None Records

Get Your Hand In My Hand, Hotel Lights' fourth full-length album, was released on March 4, 2016.[6]



  1. ^ "Hotel Lights". Bar/None Records. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Hotel Lights - Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Hotel Lights - Hotel Lights (self-released)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Hotel Lights - Hotel Lights". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  5. ^ a b "„Whatever I want it to be“: An interview with Darren Jessee of Hotel Lights – Coffee And TV". Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Hotel Lights: Get Your Hand in My Hand (Bar None)". Innocent Words. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 

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