By Alec Wooden
Now in their second decade as one of Canada’s finest musical exports, there aren’t many places Hot Hot Heat hasn’t been. International tours. Their music in movies. TV. Commercials. Video Games. Three EPs and nearly twice as many LPs. To be sure, they’ve been busy since their 1999 inception. Not that there’s any thought of slowing down; as leader Steve Bays points out, they’re probably the most comfortable they have been at any point in that stretch. Fresh off the June release of Future Breeds, the band’s latest studio album, Bays discusses the new record, his favorite Canadian artist and which song he always wishes he’d written.
Talk about Future Breeds. Are you happy with the way it came out?
This was the first time we’ve had the confidence to make an album without asking for the opinions or help of a producer, engineer or record label. This blurred the line between writing, rehearsing, experimenting and recording so it has a strange energy that I don’t hear on many records. The older I get, the more important it is to me to carve out a unique little niche in the world and create a musical identity that will stand a chance at resonating beyond just the album cycle. I need to feel like we’re doing something that represents freedom of expression and rebellion from the restrictions of the typical rock machine, and I think Future Breeds pushes us closer towards those goals. Read more about Q&A with Hot Hot Heat; Playing Rock and Roll Hotel with Hey Rosetta!, September 3 …