Hotels was founded in New York in 2003 by Blake Madden (bass, vocals). Blake moved to Seattle in 2006, creating two different divisions of the band on opposite coasts. The core band in Seattle comprises Blake, Brendan Malec (guitar), Kyle Frankiewich (synths), and Max Wood (drums). Additional members Rich Bennett (guitar) and Rich Spitzer (synths, vocals) play shows on the east coast.
The band recorded their debut album Thank You For Choosing… in New York, which was self-released in 2005, with the song ‘Atlantic’ featured on a cover CD of Jane magazine. In NY, they went on to play venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Delancey, Lit Lounge, Pianos, Sin-e, and Galapagos. After Blake’s move to Seattle, they made their live Seattle debut at the Crocodile Cafe in June 2007, going on to play The Rendezvous, The High Dive, The Sunset, Chop Suey, Comet, Showbox Sodo, and Nectar. Hotels receives avid support from Seattle radio station KEXP.
Hotels’ second album, Where Hearts Go Broke, was recorded in Seattle at Chromasound and Bear Creek, and is released on Hidden Shoal on Valentine’s Day 2009.