Since their 2002 breakthrough album, Make Up The Breakdown, Vancouver’s Hot Hot Heat have released a steady stream of infectious and danceable singles, armed with a seemingly endless supply of memorable hooks. But when the band began work on its fifth album, they decided that a new batch of striking melodies and grooves would only be the tip of the iceberg. The guys placed an emphasis on crafting songs that added something different to their celebrated sound. The end result is the band’s most forward-thinking album yet, appropriately titled Future Breeds – out June 8th on Dangerbird Records (Silversun Pickups, Minus The Bear, The Dears).
The album is anchored by the addictive, candy-coated melodies that Hot Hot Heat are famous for, but it also includes many of the band’s most experimental moments yet. Charged with sonic detail, the collection of songs is packed with unconventional rhythms and quirky arrangements. From the dark, carnival-esque feel of “Times a Thousand” (click here to view for song’s video) to the frenzy of “What is Rational?” Future Breeds balances danceable, pop melodies with an unfettered and musically adventurous spirit.
If you live in New York or LA, you’re in luck as the band will be previewing the new material (and playing the older fan favorites) during residencies in both cities. You can catch them at Brooklyn’s Public Assembly every Wednesday during the month of May, and at LA’s Bootleg Theater every Wednesday of June.
Fans who don’t live near either city are still in luck. An alternative version of the album’s first single, “21@12” is available at www.dangerbirdrecords.com/hothotheat.
Hot Hot Heat Live Dates
05/05: Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly
05/12: Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly
05/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly
05/26: Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly
06/02: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
06/09: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
06/16: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
06/23: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
06/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater