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Hot Hot Heat
Scenes One through Thirteen
Ohev Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Hot Hot Heat has been around long enough to make a couple of 7 inches, compilations, and singles, the totality of which got them signed to Seattle's Sub Pop. They've just released an EP on the label, entitled Knock Knock Knock, which just might propel them out of their home-country of Canada and right into the stereos of America's rock fans. It already has, I guess, but I mean more American rock fans. A lot more.

One American stereo in which I'm sure Hot Hot Heat will find at least a part-time home will be mine. There's something about them that is incredibly appealing. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's that they play truly intense rock without guitars that actually (somehow) makes we want to dance. And I try, dear Lord do I try. I've never been a good dancer, so it hardly matters that Scenes One through Thirteen (composed entirely of those afore-mentioned previous 7 inches, compilations and singles) is exactly the type of the type of music no one with any rhythm would ever even attempt to dance to.

Matthew Marnik's vocals half-define the Hot Hot Heat sound. Just like the overall sound, his vocals are what your brain tells you your ears do not want to be subjected to, just as your ears are telling your brain to shut up and let them enjoy something good. Marnik's voice is grating, loud, super-powerful and completely unstoppable, pummeling any other sound vying for more than the necessary attention in the sonic force that is Scenes One through Thirteen. Steve Bays pounds on the keyboards relentlessly (and to truly great effect) while Paul Hawley beats on his drums like Mike Tyson in a barroom brawl.

Especially since this is an album solely consisting of songs from compilations, 7 inches, and singles, Scenes One through Thirteen is a great indication of the danceable (at least for me) music, chock full of discord and ferocity that is surely to come from Hot Hot Heat in the future.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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