Elevatorby Hot Hot Heat
This Canadian combo don't have the sort of dark edge that's helped sonically similar peers like the Killers and Franz Ferdinand slice through the chaff of punk, pop, and punk-pop, but they've got enough hooks and melodic savvy to sneak their way into listeners' hearts nonetheless. HHH have more in common with (early) Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson than the moodier aspects of first-wave new wave, and thanks to frontman Steve Bays's clever writing and yelping delivery, they're every bit as infectious as those forebears. On this, their first official major-label release, the quartet hightail it through 14 songs in under 40 minutes, alternately tossing off quirky rhythms (as on the manic, keyboard-driven "Running Out of Time") and puppy-dog-excitable guitar lines (most prominent on the harried "You Owe Me an I.O.U.") with equal ease. Bays spends most of his time airing romantic neuroses -- not that there's anything wrong with that -- but also finds a way to wax topical from time to time, most effectively on the slowly building "Soldier in a Box." The band don't linger too long in the land of political posturing, though, and with any luck -- a factor they haven't disregarded, considering the fact that they skip the unlucky 13 in numbering the disc's track listing -- Hot Hot Heat will be elevating moods for some time to come.
- Release Date:
- Sire / London/Rhino
Performance CreditsHot Hot Heat Primary Artist
D. Sardy Guitar,Percussion
Steve Bays Organ,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Dante DeCaro Guitar,Drums,Group Member
Paul Hawley Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Dustin Hawthorne Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Luke Paquin Guitar
Technical CreditsJohn Hobbs Artwork
Dave Sardy Audio Production
Stephen Walker Artwork,Art Direction
D. Sardy Producer
Greg Gordon Engineer
Phil Knott Artwork
Hot Hot Heat Composer
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this cd is awesome! buy it. do you hear me? buy it! all the songs are great and there a decent length so your not waiting for more or wishing for less. i recomend their make up the breakdown cd also.
This CD was very enjoyable. I think Steve Bays is a very talented man. I hope to hear a lot from them in the future. This CD is never boring and could be played over and over and only become more loved.
This is one of those albums that is just fun to listen to. Hot Hot Heat just has that special charm that makes you want to jump up and dance, with the air-guitar and everything. So here's what you have to do: Go to your local music store, purchase this album, and be ready to have some fun. If you don't like even one of the songs on this album, then you probrably don't even know what it means to "Rock out."
OH this band is the best music of 2005 i love there vocals two thumbs up
Elevator is Hot Hot Heat's most recently released album. Although it is good, their older material is indeed better--partially due to the fact that Dante was in the process of leaving the band at the time. In my opinion, the best tracks are Running Out Of Time, Goodnight Goodnight, Island of the Honest Man, Middle of Nowhere, and Shame on You.
I'm your pretty average music fan, but when you constantly listen to the rock alternative station everday with bands like Greenday, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, etc... it's nice to hear something new once in a while. (Not saying those aren't good bands because they are.) But Hot Hot Heat's Elevator is just so much fun to listen to and it really has something different to offer. All the songs have great beats and lyrics that my words don't give it justice. I can't remember the last time I've been so happy with a CD.
This album is AWESOME! IT has great songs and i can listen to the whole cd without getting bored because all the songs are good, not just the singles they came out with from their album. LOVE IT!