If you miss Pavement and Weezer of old and don’t mind really short songs (his latest full length is made up of twelve songs and lasts just under twelve minutes), you NEED to check out Tony Molina. His album was recent re-released by Slumberland and I’m kicking myself for missing him at SXSW.
The Very Most from Boise, Idaho have a new EP coming out on June 14th on Manic Pop! Records. The attached trailers has short bits of each song including a cover of “It’s Not Unusual” sung by The School’s Liz Hunt. Cool!
When seeing girls with instruments, it’s very common and easy to dismiss the ensemble as your everyday pop band. These bands have simple instrumentation and a sound you’ve heard a hundred times over from any band featuring any number of girls that could play guitar and were way cooler than me in high school. With their latest EP Bottoms Up, The Hot Toddies are breaking these stereotypes.
The Hot Toddies describe themselves as a surf pop band, but describing this EP as such would be severely cutting it short. The EP spans multiple genres with each of its five songs having its own unique identity. The one constant throughout Bottoms Up is the group’s sweet vocals and ingenuity behind them. While doo-wa-doos, and shoo-be-doo-was sound forced in other instances, when The Hot Toddies utilize them they sound natural and necessary. The EP is multidimensional transition from a country twang in “That Ain’t Right” to a funk groove in “Green and Gold”. The group shows their softer sensual side in “Boogie Nights” which - particular the bridge- sounds like an excerpt from an early Weezer b-side. The EP opens and closes with rockers “Jaguar Love” and “Hey Hey”, the latter of which I believe to be the most dynamic and strongest of the tracks featuring in particular a filthy bass riff to drive the song and EP to a close.
Yes, The Hot Toddies are female, they look good in dresses, and occasionally they play pop music. But, they are much more than your everyday pop band and this EP stands as proof. Attached is their tracks “Hey Hey”.
I’m sitting on the bus across from this hardcore looking dude with long hair and a beard. He’s wearing a metalocalypse shirt and holding two tiny plants in tiny pots as if to say, “Yeah, I have a green thumb because nature is METAL AS FUCK.”
It’s really weird to randomly see this on my dashboard. I took these Polaroids in the summer of 2009, when my band was recording our album. That band fell apart soon after this (and we never released that album), but I have so many great memories of playing shows, practicing in the garage, playing covers of the Strokes, the Velvet Underground, the Clash, writing bass lines, recording. I miss being a musician so much.
That’s me on the bottom right, at age fifteen and with my Bob Dylan haircut and my Fender Jazz bass (that is currently collecting dust in my room back home in Texas). This was taken between my sophomore and junior years of high school, and now I’m a sophomore in college applying to spend my junior year abroad. So much has happened in four years.
Hey, that’s 16 or 17 year old me in the top right! As far as I’m concerned, this is the best album you’ll never hear (but actually, if you ask I’ll dig it up and send it to you). I’m still drumming with a couple of these folk, but there is NOTHING like being in a high school band, when you have nothing to worry about, and there’s really not much keeping you from being the best musician you can be. Despite this band not being together anymore, there were times when we were PERFECT. Out of all the bands I’ve played with, none other matched my personal music preferences like this one.
Oh, and we literally practiced in a garage, how cool is that!
I worked my ass off to get into The Hot Tickets and it was so worth it. These guys and our music made me so happy. I really love talking about this and it makes me happy, I might say a bit more later or if there’s anything more you want to know you can ask me!
Today while I was shopping for a new phone, a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was playing in the T-Mobile store. Sales Associate #1 asked Sales Associate #2 quizzically, “Do you know who wrote this song?”. Sales Associate #2 guessed Elvis and then Johnny Cash before guessing The Beatles. I almost walked out of the store saying, “I have no need for a phone, I hate humanity.”