Vancouver band Hot Hot Heat have been all over the blogs in the last two days, after surprise news of the bands’ upcoming final self-titled album, to be release by Culvert Music (CAN)/Kaw-Liga Records (US) on June 24th. Coming from a band that has innovated the indie rock scene since 2002, when they shook dance floors with the release of their explosive debut album Make Up The Breakdown via legendary Seattle-based label Sub Pop Records, the ten track collection is also a celebration of the fans who have supported the band throughout their successful career.
“To be able to tour from 1999 to 2014 and play hundreds of shows a year was amazing,” frontman Steve Bays says. “It changed all of our lives. It was the greatest experience I could ever imagine. I can relate to our fans and I respect our fans. They are the kind of people I’d hang out with. I’m proud of every single record, and of finding the ground between making it challenging and fresh, but also not being afraid to be entertaining and put on a crazy show. Every show we ever did was just a total high energy spectacle and that’s a great legacy to have.“
The idea behind creating the album was to be as natural as possible and get in touch with their inherent skill for songwriting. Written between 2011 and 2014, the band moved away from the experimental sensibility of 2010’s Future Breeds and channeled the sound of their first two albums. After a few songs were penned, the band gathered in 2014 to record the ten best with Canadian musician and producer Ryan Dahle.
Today we’ve got our first listen to that material in first single “Kid Who Stays In The Picture”. Take a listen.
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