The Hot Place sizzles on debut LP
The Hot Place’s debut LP features a guest appearance by former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd.
Following the Hot Place’s Sept. 12 live debut as a part of the Star Bar’s International Pop Overthrow, the group unveiled a solid first LP with The Language of Birds (No Big Wheel Records). Comparisons to ’60s loving throwback acts are unavoidable, as the overall vibe of the album evokes the slick sounds of garage mainstays Detroit Cobras, with less bite and more saccharine. Also, singer and bassist Lisa King’s voice is reminiscent of pop legend Leslie Gore. But the album does not strictly pay homage to one era. Album highlights such as “Run Away Today” and “20th Century” give an updated twist to equally catchy new wave and college radio influences, creating a sound that’s both fresh and familiar.
The recording project-turned performing band is the creative vision of King and producer and guitarist Jeff Calder, best known as a founding member of new wave rockers the Swimming Pool Q’s. Rounding out the lineup for the LP is guitarist Mike Lynn and original Swimming Pool Q’s drummer Robert Schmid. Further adding to the group’s legitimacy Television guitarist Richard Lloyd makes a guest appearance on the song “Saturn Moved.”