ARTIST: Hot Hot Heat
TITLE: Knock Knock Knock
YEAR RELEASED: 2002
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: It was a five-song EP
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not
LINEUP: Steve Bays, Paul Hawley, Dante DeCaro, Dustin Hawthorne
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Teaser EP by Canadian band transitioning from punk rock toward a danceable indie-rock sound.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Hot Hot Heat’s vocals and songs always seem to me on the edge of insanity. There’s something frenetic about it, and that’s in evidence greatly in this five song EP released by Sup Pop as a teaser for their full-length debut.
Hot Hot Heat were on the forefront of the ‘dance punk’ or what I’d rather say is more of an indie-rock sound than punk. Other bands, like Interpol and the Rapture probably got more play than they did, but in 2002 or so Hot Hot Heat’s sound was new and refreshing.
It’s a decent introduction to them, and is a good companion piece for their later album.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: At first, they were an electro-pop band, then punk and now this sound.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: Five decent cuts that you should have if you are a fan of them or the dance-punk (dance indie, whatever) sound.