Montreal’s Hot Springs
are bringing something new to the table.
Their first full-length album, Volcano
, dishes out a combo of perfect pop that sinks its fangs in, rock that doesn't stoop to knuckle draggers, and fluff-free ballads. Volcano also throws a flurry of psychedelia into the mix and, yes – you can even dance to it.
Along with Montreal acts like The Besnard Lakes
, Hot Springs are among the most exciting bands to spring from the second wave of the Montreal music explosion, with Volcano
quickly earmarked as one of the best records of 2007. The album hasn’t even come out yet (it's out in Canada and coming soon in the US), and they’ve already been featured on MySpace, iTunes and the cover of the Montreal Mirror.
Lead-off single, "Headrush," comes at you with a hard-rocking seventies vibe, hinting at Heart
, with the piss and vinegar of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
, yet still manages to distance Hot Springs from the current crop of bands out there today.
All of the songs hang off the lyrical pearls and inventive vocal workout that come straight from the gut of songstress Giselle Webber. Tracks, like "Tiny Islands", bring the new-school psych of Black Mountain
to mind, and other songs like "Pink Money" and "Cellophane" hit like a mitt full of nickels, perfectly combining rock muscle with pure-pop song craft. The more genteel side of the band shears through the most callous hearts on tracks like "Fog and the Horn," that will have your goose bumps standing at attention.
They set out to make an eclectic record that was as equally light as it is dark, epic as it is concise and diabolical as it is divine. Produced by Jonathan Trimble Cummins (Bionic, Tricky Woo) and engineered by The Besnard Lakes' Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade
, Land of Talk
), Hot Springs hunkered down in Lasek's Breakglass studios, with additional tracking done at The Pines studio, engineered by David Bryant (godspeed! You black Emperor
) The final tracking and mixing session of the record was completed outside of Montreal in the rural environs of Farnham, Québec in an ex-church/Masonic temple (La Petite Église), under the watchful eye of Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire
, Final Fantasy, The Unicorns).
Volcano refuses to just sleepwalk through the lackadaisical hit parade or the fickle fashionista underground. The Hot Springs' agenda is simple: they want to deliver what is desperately missing in today's music industry – they want revolution and they won't rest until they get it.MySpace
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