Hot Hot Heat are a new-wavy, Canadian dance-punk band from Victoria, British Columbia formed in 1999. They're known for their catchy, frantic songs and witty lyrics. Although not overtly popular in the mainstream, they've had a few chart-climbing singles and maintain a dedicated fanbase. Extremely hook-laden songs await.
Their current line-up is:
- Steve Bays (vocals and keyboards)
- Paul Hawley (drums)
- Parker Bossley (bass)
- Luke Paquin (guitar)
Former members include:
- Dustin Hawthorne
- Matthew Marnik
- Jimmy Sweet
- Dante DeCaro
- Scenes One Through Thirteen - 2002
- Make Up The Breakdown - 2002
- Elevator - 2005
- Happiness Ltd. - 2007
- Future Breeds - 2010
This band provides examples of:
- Break-Up Song: Happiness Ltd. was basically a breakup album.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Scenes One Through Thirteen is a compilation of early singles - At the time they didn't have a guitarist, Steve Bays was only playing keyboards (the original vocalist was Matthew Marnik), and they had a noisier, more aggressive Post-Hardcore / Post-Punk sound.
- Messy Hair: Steve Bays, with all of his unruly ginger curls, certainly counts.
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Oh, Goddamit" qualifies. "Oh, oh goddamit, I think I've lost it. Oh goddammit - I think I've lost you."
- "Sesame Street" Cred: They popped up for an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!.
- Signature Style: Steve Bays' voice has led to him being described as a "headlong yelper" by Rolling Stone Magazine.
- Silly Love Songs: Love songs? Yeah. But the silly part was averted for most of their career, with their first silly, happy love song coming out in 2010.
- 13 Is Unlucky: The packaging to Elevator doesn't list a track 13, as a play on buildings with a missing 13th floor. The 13th track is simply the last few seconds of the previous song indexed on its own track.
- Wanderlust Song: "This Town" is all about leaving town.