Hot Hot Heat is a Canadian indie rock band from Victoria, British Columbia

Singer Steve Bays made the astonishing comparison as work continued on the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Make Up The Breakdown‘. They are currently recording in Los Angeles with acclaimed hardcore producer Dave Sardy who most recently worked on The Thrills’ ‘Let’s Bottle Bohemia‘.

Bays said: “I Relate (‘Make Up The Breakdown‘) so much to Nirvana. Not only did they record with (the same producer) Jack Endino for their first Sub Pop release, but the songs they’d been playing they’d written quickly just so they could start touring and that was kind of our thing,” he said. “(With) this one, it’s like, Ok, cool. We actually have time. We spent six months writing our first record and two and half years writing this one.”

Bays told things were going well. “Every song is so different,” he enthused, also describing the new material as catchier and more experimental. “It still all sounds like Hot Hot Heat and (is) energetic and fun and kind of explosive, but the songs are just so much better.”

The Canadian quartet wrote a total of 25 tracks while holed up in guitarist Dante Decaro‘s converted barn earlier this year, and narrowed these down to a final 12 for the as-yet-untitled new album, now due out in January.

Tracks confirmed for the release include ‘Jingle Jangle‘, ‘Elevator‘, ‘Good Night Good Night‘, ‘You Owe Me and IOU‘, ‘Counter-clockwise‘, ‘48th Hour Of A 2 Day Night‘, and ‘Soldier In A Box‘.

Bandages‘, a single from the band’s last album, was banned from the BBC Radio 1 playlist when it was released at the start of the war in Iraq, but Bays says he’s confident ‘Soldier In A Box‘ won’t encounter similar trouble.

“This song’s not taking a stance on war at all,” he said. “it’s more just about being away from the person you love and having communications problems.”

Jingle Jangle‘ takes a more experimental direction. “it’s got a perfect mix between Bob Dylan and Radiohead. We kind of combined the aesthetic of some of the keyboard stuff they use on ‘Kid A’ with the straight forward song writing of Bob Dylan,” Bays said. “There are a lot more lyrics that are Bob Dylan-esque because I’ve gotten into story telling a lot more on this record.”

“It still all sounds like Hot Hot Heat, but the songs are just so much better.” Steve Bays.

© NME 9 Oct 2004

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