Hot Hot Heat Takes 'Big Leap'

Canadian rock outfit Hot Hot Heat has begun recording its highly anticipated next album with producer Dave Sardy (Dandy Warhols, Helmet) in Los Angeles.

Canadian rock outfit Hot Hot Heat has begun recording its highly anticipated next album with producer Dave Sardy (Dandy Warhols, Helmet) in Los Angeles. The group has whittled down 12 prospective tracks out of 25 demos, plus three potential B-sides.

"Now that we've laid the foundation of the recording, we're beginning to hear how the album is going to sound and it's really cool to hear the efforts of the last six months finally come into fruition," frontman Steve Bays writes on the band's official Web site.

"We had a guy known as the 'Drum Doctor' working on the drum sound with us who was incredible," Bays enthuses. "He gave us 'The Terminator' (the snare he also used there for Nirvana's 'Nevermind') for a few songs."

As for the sound of the follow-up to 2002's "Make Up the Breakdown," Bays offers, "It's starting to feel like it's going to be a way bigger leap from 'Make Up the Breakdown' than we had anticipated." The set is being targeted for a late November release, but it may be pushed to January. A tour will follow.

"Make Up the Breakdown" peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 5 on the Top Independent Albums tally, and has sold 232,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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