Hot Hot Heat - Make Up The Breakdown

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2003-03-31

Riding the wave of retropunk with their debut Make Up the Breakdown, Vancouver natives Hot Hot Heat look set to sweep away Canada's reputation for bland beige-pop in a flash flood of jagged riffs, ska-flavoured skips and post mod(ern) hits. Despite their spiky and spangly leather-coated exterior, Hot Hot Heat are far more concerned with fun than fashion: frontman Steve Bays' hyperactive shrieks on "Oh Goddamnit" bring to mind a young Elvis Costello with a better sense of humour, while "Aveda" brings together the best (non-fist-shaking) bits of the Clash and early XTC. "Bandages" is destined to occupy indie disco playlists and ring throughout halls of residence for the foreseeable future. For Hot Hot Heat, the beat is king and Make Up the Breakdown's unrelenting three-minute anthems hold the court firmly in thrall. --Leslie Gilotti

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