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Hot Six
New Blue
Breaker Breaker Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
New Blue opens with the Hot Six's Phil Longo screaming, "Say man, I heard it was Freddie Nietsche that one/said, 'Oh, fuck my head!'" I'm not really sure how ingenious that might be for an opening line, or any line at all, but I'll admit it is likely to prick most listeners' ears. Unfortunately, however, the Hot Six might have a fair amount of trouble maintaining that listener attention with the rest of this five-song EP. Their "file under: rock n' roll" sound, which sounds an awful lot like screamo and is heavily influenced by the contemporary wave of bands like Rye Coalition, has been done by a countless other not-so-noteworthy bands and is nothing to get excited about.

The Hot Six's saving grace is the amount of energy with which they play. When Longo sings: "Hey hey this is the new sound/put your dancing shoes back on this is the/new beat" on "Moves The Kids Aren't Ready For," I only wish I were more into the "new beat," just so I could get up out of my chair and dance with Longo and company. They seem to try that hard. This song shows the Hot Six both at its best and its catchiest, and that it is one of the two shorter songs on New Blue probably means something. If a band isn't doing anything unique, isn't crafting great songs, and is mediocre at best, clearly no one is going to want to listen it playing songs that last six or seven minutes each. Best to keep it short, sweet, and catchy as possible, especially when you're playing the kind of music the Hot Six does.

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

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