Volume 96, Issue 10
Friday September 13, 2002

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CD REVIEW: Hot Hot Heat

Hot Hot Heat
Knock Knock Knock
Sub Pop

The Rundown: Step aside Strokes, there's a bunch of new hot rockers in town and they could probably kick your New York asses – after all, they're from British Columbia. Seriously though, Hot Hot Heat may be part of the hype wave of nu-garage rockers, but they're talented and ballsy enough to stand out from the crowd. There's enough proof of that on this five-song EP alone.

Key Tracks: The album is solid all the way through, but stand-out tracks include the theatrical anthem "5 times out of 100" and the mellow rocker "Have a Good Sleep." The lyrics are mysterious, as they seem to tell stories, but never fully reveal the details around them. This makes the songs deliciously metaphorical. The rollicking rock tracks on this short EP definitely whet the listener's appetite for the band's upcoming full-length release, due this October.

Sounds Like: Lead vocalist Steve Bays has his moments of sounding frighteningly similar to the Cure's Robert Smith which, therefore, ultimately results in Hawksley Workman comparisons. This is mostly due to the passionate manner of Bays' song delivery. But pointed comparisons are really secondary because Hot Hot Heat truly creates their own sound. With wailing keyboards, gritty guitars and soulful vocals, it seems Hot Hot Heat has a hit hit hit on their hands.

–Maggie Wrobel





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