Hotpipes Album Release

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Just because a band goes from full-time endeavor to labor-of-love hobby, it doesn’t mean it can’t continue to grow. Hotpipes prove just that on the baroque-post-punk outfit’s long-awaited 2013 full-length Dust. Save for a one-off appearance at a 2010 breast cancer awareness benefit, the band — think Walkmen meets XTC — ceased existing as live outfit in 2009. But they didn’t break up. Singer Jon Rogers and drummer/multi-instumentalist Dan Sommers quietly slaved away as a studio duo, working on Dust with esteemed local rock producer/engineer Jeremy Ferguson at his Battle Tapes studio off and on for the past three years. The wait was worth it. The album not only trumps expectations, but prevails as the resurrected band’s most muscular, dynamic effort to date. The pair finish what they started on previously unreleased live favorites like “Ohio Will,” “Magic Is Everywhere” and “Accidentals.” The ever-present bombast of those triumphant, blown-out rock anthems are tempered by moodier electro-leaning cuts like “Only the Young” and “Caroline,” the latter of which is a standout with its wintry bed of background harmonies and slow-creeping groove. Sometimes the two aesthetics combine, like on the charging Who-gone-electro “The Bear and the Astronaut.” But most impressive is the urgent sonic swarm “Answer Your Telephone” and “Anna Come Home,” a deliriously melodic frenzy of chiming glockenspiel and marching percussion that sounds like an updated outtake from Sparks’ Kimono My House sessions. Tonight’s record release show offers a rare opportunity to see the band tackle these songs live. 


Sat, May 11 | 9:00 PM (8:00 Door)
The Mercy Lounge
18 and over
[Venue Details]


Nashville TN  |  Rock

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