Hot Hot Heat Hits The Road
Canadian rock act Hot Hot Heat has begun confirming tour dates in advance of the April 5 release of its next Reprise album.Canadian rock act Hot Hot Heat has begun confirming tour dates in advance of the April 5 release of its next Reprise album, "Elevator." First up are two shows across the Atlantic in London on Wednesday (Jan. 26) and Hamburg, Germany (Jan. 31). Six North American dates will follow, beginning Feb. 21 in Seattle, with support from hotly tipped San Diego rock outfit Louis XIV.
As previously reported, the group will also play the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, in mid-March, but a specific date has yet to be confirmed.
In addition, Hot Hot Heat has shuffled the track list for the Dave Sardy-produced "Elevator" and opted for "Goodnight, Goodnight" as the first single, as opposed to the originally selected "You Owe Me an IOU."
The album doesn't stray far from the excitable, vaguely New Wave-ish rock of its 2002 predecessor, "Make Up the Breakdown," particularly on such highlights as "Goodnight, Goodnight." Several other tracks seem primed for radio airplay, including "Middle of Nowhere," the melody for which is initially played on a charmingly out-of-tune piano.
Originally released by Sub Pop before the band inked with Reprise, "Make Up the Breakdown" peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 5 on the Top Independent Albums tally.
Here are Hot Hot Heat's tour dates:
Jan. 26: London (Borderline)
Jan. 31: Hamburg, Germany (Molotow)
Feb. 21: Seattle (Neumo's)
Feb. 22: Portland, Ore. (Meow Meow)
Feb. 24: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
Feb. 25: Los Angeles (Roxy)
Feb. 27: Salt Lake City (Club Sound)
Feb. 28: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)