Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Hot Hot Heat - "Future Breeds"

After being released from their major label contract, Hot Hot Heat return today refreshed with Future Breeds their fifth album and first for their new label Dangerbird Records. The band returns to their energetic punk roots and have created an album as bizarre and fun as it is catchy for their best album since their excellent breakthrough album Make Up The Breakdown.

“YVR” opens the album with a locked in groove and haunted carnival organ vamping that fits perfectly with front man Steve Bay’s description of the bands’ new direction to “…be a freak show punk rock band.” Recording in their own studio, they let it all out capturing the energetic art-punk that first put them on the map. The first single, “21@12” follows with acoustic guitar and a malfunctioning siren-like keyboard line that sets up the anthemic chorus, proving they know their way around a pop hook. “Times A Thousand” combines a dark, swampy acoustic guitar riff and vintage organs with a bouncing rhythm for one of many standout moments on the album. The emotional second single, “Goddess on the Prairie” features a stop-start herky-jerky rhythm and Middle-Eastern sounding guitar line. “Zero Results” sounds like a Tom Waits fronted dance-punk band with a stomping beat and a sleazy back alley Jazz bar saxophone solo. The title track, “Future Breeds” is punchy and hip-shaking with an off-kilter swagger and bitter lyrical bite. “JFK’s LSD” is trippy (imagine that) with heavy buzzy keyboards and a super catchy pogo-ing, fist-in-the-air chorus, perfect for their live show and the dance floor. And “Nobody’s Accusing You (Of Having a Good Time)” ends the album with the same “party all night” vibe as it began with.

It is exciting when even a decade later, one of your favorite bands creates another record that you can be just as excited about as you were with their debut. With Future Breeds, Hot Hot Heat has done just that and the future looks bright.

Sign up for the band's email list and download and exclusive alternate take of "21 @12" here: http://dangerbirdrecords.com/resources/publicplayers/hothotheat/

For more info click here: http://www.hothotheat.com/ and http://www.dangerbirdrecords.com/


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