The Beat Hotel
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The Beat Hotel

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The best kept secret in music


"Show Review"

"A sonic assault -- if these guys and their fans don't have major hearing issues in ten years, it'll be a miracle... but it'll be worth it." - NY Press

"Music Review"

"I know they're not from Jersey but the words 'Wicked Awesome' do come to mind." - The Rutgers Review

"Music Review"

"Oftentimes I bemoan our lack of legislation putting guitar players on a leash. If the laws do change, thankfully, these guys are outlaws." - Indy Fanzine

"Music Review"

"A compelling amaglamation of old school Sabbath and the Beatles. It was quite magnetic." - In Pittsburgh Weekly


... But Darling, This Will Only Hurt A Little Bit! (EP) 2006
From the Original Soundtrack for the independent movie "Minnie's First Time":
I Found Power in the Blood
Blue Lines
You Owe Me

Streaming on

McKnight Lanes
You Can Be Pilot
Little Kisses


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Beat Hotel was formed in 2004 by Benjamin Dewar out of the ashes of the underground New York band BFM. Ben recruited a classically-trained rhythm section consisting of Jason Gottlieb, an East Coast sideman equally adept on bass and piano, and Daniel Sanchez, a native Texan percussion powerhouse. Rounded out by Dan Barnhill, an ageless doyen from the mid-90's punk reviviscence, The Beat Hotel set out to raze the monotonous drone that had overtaken rock in the waning years of the 20th century by offering a melody driven sound infused with sweeping, blistering drive. Drawing on a range of influences, their sound combines jagged, roaring guitars and stop-start dynamics with melodic hooks peppered by chromatic dissonance, and evocative, earnest lyrics bearing surprising satire, wit and unabashed romance. The band's gritty sound and aggressive attitude spills over into a dynamic live show. The Beat Hotel has no consideration for what trends have just come and gone. There's no waffling or concessions for people who won't get it, only dense, haunting and explosive soundscapes.