Single Review

Beat Hotel – Beat Now: New Single

New single AND extremely limited 7″ pressing from Beat Hotel.

Here’s the new single from Beat Hotel. Some might say, the long-awaited return, following their self-titled mini-album, released on Occultation Recordings back in 2020 (our feature here). It’s the fifth release in the series of very limited 7″ singles from the Brighton Super8Singles Club label.

Written and produced by singer Paul Pascoe, he describes Beat Now as “Indie country soul. This song was my attempt to channel the energy and emotion of all those great Stax ballads from the 60s and early 70s. Songwriters like William Bell, Rufus Thomas, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham – real heart & soul stuff.”

He’s pretty spot on too, creating a song whose cool vibes provide for a bout of smooth smooching; the easy tempo carrying lots of subtle guitar sprinkles and brass and organ lines that underlie the main themes and ending up on a series of groovy oooh, sha-la-lal-la’s. All the nouse of Stevie Van Zandt at work here!

The preorder is now live here

As always the band features current and former members of The Loft, The June Brides, The Distractions and Mojo
Fins and they’re all on top form. Stephen Brett’s Cropper-esque lead guitar work is a focal point, along with Frank Sweeney’s country, Floyd Cramer-inspired piano licks. Dave Morgan (drums) and Arash Torabi (bass) are the rhythm section holding it all down and the mysterious Class of ’99 horn section completes the picture.

Beat Hotel online:   Facebook / Bandcamp

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