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    Default Hot Hot Heat - Future Breeds

    released June 8th, 2010

    from the album - 21 @ 12

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    Beginning as a noisy, synth-based combo in 1999, Victoria, British Colombia's Hot Hot Heat evolved into an aggressively catchy indie rock band two years later, when keyboardist Steve Bays took on the vocal duties, and guitarist Dante DeCaro joined their ranks. The group's new lineup — which also featured founding members Paul Hawley on drums and Dustin Hawthorne on bass — brought a newfound sense of melody and witty wordplay to their music, which they debuted on their 2002 EP Knock Knock Knock. The EP, along with tours with groups like the Walkmen and the Dismemberment Plan, paved the way for the full-length Make Up the Breakdown, which arrived in the fall of that year. An album of their earlier, noisier work, Scenes One Through Thirteen was also released on Ohev. The group rounded out a busy 2002 by signing to Warner Bros. shortly after Make Up the Breakdown's release. After touring for most of 2003, Hot Hot Heat spent the following year recording; that fall, DeCaro left the group. However, his work appeared on the resulting album Elevator, which Sire released in spring 2005. The album was nominated for a 2006 Juno Award, and that spring, the band returned to the studio to record their next album, working with producer Rob Cavallo (who has also worked with Green Day and My Chemical Romance). Happiness Ltd. was released in 2007. Parker Bossley was brought on board to play bass, and in 2008, the band went back into the studio. In 2010, Hot Hot Heat released their fifth full-length album, Future Breeds.

    album review

    After a frustrating major-label stint, Hot Hot Heat reignite some of their spark on Future Breeds, the band’s first album for an indie since their breakthrough Make Up the Breakdown. While the group’s undeniable pop skills made them seem like an ideal choice for the big leagues, there’s always been something too contrary about Hot Hot Heat to churn out radio-friendly unit shifters. In their own studio and on a much smaller imprint, they’re back where they belong, and it’s apparent even on Future Breeds’ least successful moments. Their geeky energy comes back with a vengeance on the album opener “YVR,” which channels Devo with its abrasive, robotic catchiness, while the noisier “Implosionatic” and “JFK’s LSD” -- which boasts squealing synths that sound like a modem having a nervous breakdown -- feel like throwbacks to the band’s self-titled debut. Hot Hot Heat also sound a lot crankier than they have in some time, and they wear it well, from the sharp-tongued title track to the theatrical, stomping pianos and carnival-like mischief of “Times a Thousand.” They’ve always excelled at dense, nervy songs, but more than ever it feels like the band has something to prove. Paranoia emanates from “Zero Results”' free jazz interludes and “What Is Rational”’s insistent refrain “I’m not dysfunctional,” while “Jedediah”'s acoustic strumming and closing found sound collage hit home that Hot Hot Heat aren’t just dance-punk holdovers. The tension between the band’s hooky ways and their need to break away from them is almost palpable on Future Breeds, but pop wins this tug-of-war on its standout tracks. “21@12"'s bright melody and witty lyrics make it a quintessentially Hot Hot Heat song, while “Goddess on the Prairie” and “Nobody’s Accusing You (Of Having a Good Time)” capture that effortlessly quirky appeal that eluded the band too often on Elevator and Happiness Ltd. Hot Hot Heat are mature enough to know what suits them best, but still bratty enough to throw more than a few curves into their music, and this makes Future Breeds the band’s best album in years.

    Track Listing

    1 YVR Hot Hot Heat 2:11
    2 21 @ 12 Hot Hot Heat 3:39
    3 Times a Thousand Hot Hot Heat 3:14
    4 Implosionatic Hot Hot Heat 2:32
    5 Goddess on the Prairie [live] Hot Hot Heat 3:18
    6 Zero Results Hot Hot Heat 3:35
    7 Future Breeds Hot Hot Heat 4:23
    8 JFK's LSD Hot Hot Heat 3:34
    9 Jedidiah Hot Hot Heat 2:41
    10 Buzinezz Az Uzual Hot Hot Heat 4:16
    11 What Is Rational? Hot Hot Heat 3:09
    12 Nobody's Accusing You (Of Having a Good Time) Hot Hot Heat 4:00
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