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Darren Jessee of Hotel Lights
|Origin||North Carolina/Brooklyn, NY|
|Associated acts||Ben Folds Five|
The band self-released the album Hotel Lights in 2004. 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. 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, 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.
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.
- Hotel Lights (2004/2006)
- Goodnightgoodmorning (2006)
- Firecracker People (2008)
- Girl Graffiti (2011)
- Get Your Hand in My Hand (2016)
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- "Hotel Lights: Get Your Hand in My Hand (Bar None)". Innocent Words. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
- Official Hotel Lights site
- Chris Parker's Independent Weekly "Homebrew" album review.
- Article: "Whatever happened to the rest of Ben Folds Five."
- Kitchen Mastering studios discusses the mastering of the 2005 Hotel Lights EP.
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