|Volume XXVIII Issue 9||October 31, 2002|
Two nights of Heat
Liz Sessoms - Reporter
Canada is known for its mounted police force and Niagara Falls, but now the country has brought independent rock fans something even better. Hot Hot Heat comes sizzling straight from Victoria, British Columbia. The four bandmates Steve Bays (keyboards, vocals), Dante Decaro (guitar), Dustin Hawthorne (bass), and Paul Hawley (drums) made two stops in the area this week during their fourth month of touring.
They rocked out Sunday at Carrboroís Go! Room 4. On tour with The Pattern, Hot Hot Heat performed an electric show with openers the Washdown and the Von Bondies.
The excitement didnít stop there though. Hot Hot Heat played an awesome, free show at Gate City Noise in Greensboro Monday. The small venue allowed fans to get close to the band.
Following the show Monday night, Decaro, Bays, and Hawley of Hot Hot Heat told their views on independent rock, labels and their new record. The interview has been edited for content and length.
LS: How do you feel about the music that is getting out to todayís independent rock community?
SB: I think there is something like 50,000 independent releases put out in North America each year.
PH: To be one of the 200 that people hear about is cool.
SB: That relates to us, but to indie rock in general, I think there is a good set up. There is kind of a network of things that is really cool - record stores, like these for example (Gate City Noise). I can go to the listening booth and thereís like the 30 coolest releases this week and I can listen to them all, so I get to use their expert opinion.
LS: What other record stores have you played at?
SB: We played at Good Records in Atlanta - no Dallas. Criminal Records in Atlanta - that place was pretty cool, but not as cool as this place, though.
LS: Has it been hard handling this sudden rise in your popularity?
PH: Itís a hot potato. You gotta handle it, pass it back and forth.
DD: Itís like I was saying, where weíre from college radio means nothing, and there really isnít one in our town.
PH: There is one.
SB: Yeah, there is one.
DD: Oh, that like four people listen to.
PH: Yeah, four or five people listen once a day.
DD: So to us itís like an alien culture.
SB: Actually, after being on tour now I realize the significance of college radio for the indie rock scene. College and community radio is the most relevant form of advertising, but itís not paid advertising. Itís just people playing what they want to hear. It is kinda relevant to us. In Canada weíre from a small community where no one listens to the radio, so it does help us.
LS: How do feel about the switch from [Seattle-based record company] SubPop Records to Warner Brothers?
SB: Itís really brand new; we have no clue. We could say itís the best, but that would just be speculating.
PH: So far everybody at Warner has shown a high level of enthusiasm and courteousness and friendliness and very good work ethic. I think we wanted to have the same relationship with the people at our new label that we did with Sub Pop because we had a great relationship with them. It was very personal. It was never legal. We want to have the same thing with our new label, and I think weíve found someone, a label that can deal with an indie band that know how to because it can be hard if youíre not Limp Bizcuit or Linkin Park or those big acts that will sell millions. A band like us-we might sell a 1,000 or we might sell 10,000. That might be it, you know.
LS: How do you feel about being compared to garage rock?
SB: From a mainstream perspective itís fine that we are lumped into that because we donít sound like Madonna or Linkin Park, and thatís the best way to do it. From our perspective, each genre has sub-genres which have sub-genres and sub-genres. As far as everyone in this record store, I donít think they think we sound like those other bands, but 10 years from now Iíd rather be compared.
LS: What are some CDs youíd recommend?
SB: Well, I just bought a new Spoon release based on what it sounded like in the listening booth. It sounds pretty rad.
PH: I just bought Need New Body. It sounds pretty freaky.
The band cites The Beatles and the Rolling Stones as major influences in their music. Their newest release, "Make Up the Breakdown," is an eclectic album thatís full of energy and is just plain fun.
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