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HNAF: Indie Rock | Hot Freaks – ‘Hot Freaks Forever’

  • August 18, 2023
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HNAF: Indie Rock | Hot Freaks – ‘Hot Freaks Forever’
Hot freaks forever, hot freaks, indie rock, psychedelic rock, alternative rock

Indie rock band Hot Freaks are thrilled to release their new single “Together Above” that is out now along with the music video that can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PwtQVGGT98

“Together Above” is the third single they have released that is featured on their new album Hot Freaks Forever to be released on September 15. The first single “Let’s Start a Country” and “Boyfriend” are out now as well.

IN support of the new music the band also announced new tour dates as support to The Happy Fits with Small Crush /Windser. See all tour dates below.

Like remembering how to ride a bike, the Freaks have effortlessly returned to full form, prepping a forthcoming tour with the Happy Fits with  fresh jams uncovered from ancient times circa 2013, and new compositions from the  present day.

Sophomore smash, HOT FREAKS FOREVER, ironically named for a band that once broke up, or perhaps presciently named for a fated comeback, is a jubilant addition to the Freaks’ discography that feels like a victory lap. Tapping into their long history, these 10 new tracks collect unreleased early works along with freshly minted music perfectly embodying their signature, high gloss dancy disco pop, with radiant notes of MGMT, Of Montreal, the Carpenters, and Mitski.

Lead single, LET’S START A COUNTRY,  is one example of an unearthed artifact from the band’s earlier days. A treasure from a time capsule, having gestated for about 10 years, the infectious synth pop serenade has finally “found its home” as frontman Leo Vondracek puts it. Floating an unusual proposition, the track resurrects Hot Freaks’ familiar sound mixing toe-tapping disco beats with tongue-in-cheek sincerity. Kicking off with a fun little “whoo!” LET’S START A COUNTRY imagines a vegetarian utopia where lovers “living in a vacuum” start a country as easy as “one two three,” yet once the song’s narrator does “a little research” it “turns out you can’t just do this type of thing/ in fact it’s kinda regulated.” Despite the harsh light of reality, Hot Freaks’ uniquely catchy qualities, percussively perfect shakers, and preciously earnest handclaps, weave a wonderfully daydreamy ode to the romantic ideal of escaping into the paradise of a person you love more than the whole wide, and unfortunately real, world.

As the album progresses, the Freaks start to get a little freakier, playing with personas like a makeover montage in an 80’s movie. Track six, catchy as all get out love song, BOYFRIEND, imagines a college age romance embodying the voice of a smitten co-ed reflecting on her beau who dozes in bed while she prepares for not just her day, but a future that likely won’t include him. “I want to get out east next spring/ while you’re still dreaming” coos Vondracek, explaining, “the boyfriend isn’t going places, she is.” Bassist Sarah Alfano adds “It’s kinda like a country song cuz she has big dreams, but he’s stuck in the small town, she’ll leave but he’ll always pull on her heart—we’re like that country song too, breaking up the band and going our separate ways just to get back together, but at least we’re touring now.”

While other tracks explore a simplistic and childlike notion of love and intimacy, TOGETHER ABOVE presents a more one sided and desperate play. Introducing the album with an uptempo two-step rhythm and serene strings, Vondracek describes this speaker as a salesman pitching himself as the perfect partner singing, “Inside my heart there’s an eternity/ No doubt don’t fight it” amongst a shimmering production that’s so tight it might be described as high strung (violin pun intended).

Speaking of, don’t be surprised to find yourself spinning HOT FREAKS FOREVER on perpetual repeat. At times almost impossibly precise, slick and savvy, this seductive selection also brings out a beguiling, intoxicating energy that’s as infectious as any impromptu dance party.

“Together Above” is streaming everywhere at https://lnk.to/hfabove
“Together Above” Music Video – https://youtu.be/_PwtQVGGT98
“Boyfriend” is streaming everywhere at https://lnk.to/hfbf
“Let’s Start a Country” Music Video – https://youtu.be/vyIHP7TfNJQ
 “Let’s Start a Country”  Is streaming everywhere at https://lnk.to/letsstartacountry
Tour Dates
September 19 – Harrisburg, PA – HMAC
September 20 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
September 22 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
September 23 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
September 24 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
September 26 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
September 27 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
September 29 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
September 30 – Columbus, SC- The Senate
October 1 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
October 3 – Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall
October 5 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
October 6 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
October 7 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
October 8 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Music Hall
October 10 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
October 11 – Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
October 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union

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