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So I put on my copy of Automatic Midnight today for what I estimate to be my 500th time doing so, and it dawns on me that this album is without a doubt one of my all-time favorites, and I can't ever see myself getting tired of it. I love the production, the sharp highs and the smooth bottom end. The songs absolutely kill and it seems Rick Fork's yelling will not stop ripening with age. I used to have all the Rocket From the Crypt albums, but this album is better than all of them. I'm so upset that I grew up in San Diego but had never heard Drive Like Jehu when they were around. Both bands are very classic, but the Hot Snakes in particular, wouldn't you agree?

Famous Athlete, Thursday, 13 March 2003 00:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Vocals could be much louder in the mix for my tastes, but other than that, it's great. That said, I probably still prefer RFTC - wider style spectrum. But Hot Snakes do the Wipers better than the Wipers often did.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 13 March 2003 01:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, total Wipers worship, but great!

Kris (aqueduct), Thursday, 13 March 2003 04:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Adding to the praise. And damn do they rock live.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 13 March 2003 05:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

LOVE Suicide Invoice.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 13 March 2003 05:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I actually saw RFTC play Greg Sage's "Blue Cowboy" at a local record store acoustic. Very nice.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 13 March 2003 22:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I love both RFTC and Hot Snakes (their 2002 albums tied on my year-end list), but I give the edge to Da Snakes, mainly because their albums are way more consistent (although if RFTC and Group Sounds were cut from Rocket's discography it would be close). Hot Snakes are a definite classic in my book, and I just might like them more than Jehu, even. "Suicide Invoice" the song is gorgeous with its melancholy tone and great lyrics, which holds true for the album as a whole as well.

And Hot Snakes are amazing live (better than Rocket).

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 13 March 2003 23:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Can somebody please explain Rocket From the Crypt to me? They're so generic. I mean, a couple years ago, those Fonziecore horn charts and calls and responses at least seemed a LITTLE refreshing if I couldn't find my old J. Geils albums laying around, but after all the garage revival stufff the past few years, they seem as pointless and clumsy as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. I mean, what's the difference? (I just listened to the live album yesterday. It was NOTHING.)

chuck, Thursday, 13 March 2003 23:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I always get them confused with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones too.

Kris (aqueduct), Thursday, 13 March 2003 23:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If Rocket are generic, it's because they're a cornerstone of the revival of their genre, for better or worse. I mean, how long've they been doing their thing now? Must be over 10 years. I dunno if they're outmoded now because I haven't kept up with their recent releases... RFTC was just toooo awful. I'd still go see 'em live in a second.

And the Snakes, yeah, what y'all said, classic.

wl (wl), Thursday, 13 March 2003 23:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

RFTC = their first comp and first 2 LPs are the only things i can bear... they suffer from Jon Spencer syndrome.

Hot Snakes are a tamer version of Drive Like Jehu... you keep hoping they hit the gas but they just cruise around in 2nd/3rd. I like them very much, but there is no comparison to Drive Like Jehu.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 13 March 2003 23:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure, Chuck, but I think you're indifference is probably not too far off from your indifference about the Beatles (and maybe Good Charlotte). They're all NICE bands for the most part with competent if not throbbing rhythm sections. Probably not enough pelvisy enough for ya.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 13 March 2003 23:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

>>>they're a cornerstone of the revival of their genre<<<

WHAT genre, though? They've never had a rhythm section swinging enough to be a good garage band. Is that what they were trying to revive? (If so, the Nomads were reviving it way earlier and way better. So were Foreigner, in "Dirty White Boy," for crissakes. Or Ted Nugent in "Wango Tango." Or the Knack, even.) RFTC were (and are) four-square hardcore hacks PRETENDING to do the boogaloo (or the jerk. Or whatever.) Just like the New Bomb Turks. (Plus, it pisses me off how whenever I mention Rocket From the Tombs, stupid little hardcore shits think I got their name wrong. Jesus fuck.)

chuck, Thursday, 13 March 2003 23:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Okay, maybe "popcore" hacks. I guess they have OKAY melodies. (But I'm NOT Geir, you know? And if their melodies were anywhere near as good as, I dunno, the Beatles {or Raspberries}, I might forgive them.)

chuck, Thursday, 13 March 2003 23:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I must admit I think of RFTC as garage-for-pop, not pop-for-garage. And I like that you picked Foreigner, the Knack and Ted Nugent as your preferences. I'll admit Speedo doesn't rock the codpiece.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Also, whenever he wants to sounds sincere or, um, "black", he LISPS LIKE ANTHONY KEIDIS. What a creep.

chuck, Friday, 14 March 2003 00:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

wtf? can you give an example?

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

fwiw, you sound like a creep too (lisp or no lisp).

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and also, seeing that you've just recommended we through out "Scream, Dracula, Scream!" and replace it with Wango frikkin' Tango and the Knack, how exactly do you define a creep?

Plus, nobody lisps more than Kix.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but there are good lisps and bad lisps, Anthony. (And different kinds of creeps, too, obviously. See also: TLC, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, the Fall. And Nirvana for the negative ones.) The Keidis subspecies of lisp(which I especially remember Speedo doing a couple times on *RFTC and really annoying me -- sorry, can't remember song titles; that record is LONG gone, and that was one of their good ones, as far as I could tell) is basically a MINSTREL MOVE, not swishy at all. And sorry, but it IS creepy.

chuck, Friday, 14 March 2003 00:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

well, my copy ain't long gone, I can't think of a song where he doesn't just sound like Good Ol' Speedo, and I'm surprising King Codpiece of the Where's The Fuckin' Patrol is gonna resort to capitalizing the word minstrel to try and rip into a band that never hurt nobody. Yer really pickin' and choosin' what people should find creepy. Playful soul songs bad, world-get-on-my-dick-now ok as long as yer rhythm section is equally horny.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

minstrel move? not always crypto-racist! Get your monkeys out!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(last post totally stairway-to-hell-kix injoke. sorry to those who don't speak CB - Chuck Bull).

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I understood the "get your monkeys out" post, but not the post before it (except that I want to say that punk bands are SUPPOSED to hurt somebody; that's what makes them punk! Not hurting anybody is only worthwhile if you're Kid N Play. And the only codpiece band I've ever loved was Anti-Nowhere League, but whatever.) (Though yeah, there are indeed good minstrel moves and bad minstrel moves too -- good point. The Chili Peppers/Bosstones ones would tend to fit in the latter category.) Anyway, here's my definition of creep, since you asked: "A weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here."

chuck, Friday, 14 March 2003 00:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

rftc are useless

hot snakes are a jehu cover band fronted by members of the original

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

well why don't you and Chuck just get in a car, pump up the Foreigner and wango yourseves up some tango.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

though I recommend not blaring "I Wanna Know What Love Is." Makes the girls think you're high maitenance.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

anthony i bet chuck hates drive like jehu

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Maybe. I'll confess I haven't heard much (listened to the first album once, didn't move me). But I'm dying to hear Yank Crime.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Also, I don't Rick Froberg has ever written World Class Sex Rhymes or cynical straightforward adult-alt (i.e. Everclear, Local H) so I can't see Chuck giving two shits.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

you should really get yank crime. it's my fave rock album of the 90s

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 14 March 2003 00:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

btw, I'm hiring an intern to check my posts for missing and misspelled words. It's getting pretty shameful.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I forget who Drive Like Jehu are. I think I heard them once, and they left no impression at all. Ditto the Hot Snakes, but maybe not. (The New Jersey Mass Choir, on the other hand, were almost as excellent in re: Foreginer cameos as Junior Walker.) (And I AM high maintenance!! In my life there's been heartache and pain! I don't know if I can face it again! Can't stop now. I've traveled too far.) And my favorite recent album of cynical adult-alt world class sex rhymes is by the Notwist. But maybe I just misunderstood their German accents.

chuck, Friday, 14 March 2003 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's flattering to make Chuck list his non-horny, non-bitter faves after that horrible day he made me prove I liked race music.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 14 March 2003 01:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Albums on my desk, waiting to be listened to, while I procrastinate on looking on the internet for income tax forms: Woodenhead *Perseverence*; Cordelia's Dad "Jane/Promise/Closing Year" EP, *Scratchology* compilation, Mushroom with Gary Floyd *Mad Dogs & San Franciscans*, *Mystery Girls* s/t, Blackstreet *Level II*, *This is Ralph Carney*, Murs *The End of the Beginning*, *The Songs of Hank Williams Jr: A Bocephus Celebration* compilation, Men at Work *Cargo* and *Business as Usual* reissues, Tizzy *Scary in Adulthood* and Down With the Furies*, George Thorogod and the Destroyers *Who Do You Love?* anthology, *Holy Blistering Harpsichords! 34 Post-Elizabethan Classics* (compiled by Scott Woods), Disco D *A Night at the Beauty Bar*, Al Green *I'm Still in Love With You* reissue, *Where's There's Smoke There's Cheech and Chong* anthology. Now, a few of those are definitely pretty horny (Disco D and allegedly Murs, though I doubt I'll like them much; Cheech and Chong whose CD has been sitting here for almost a year; Al Green but even Anthony likes him I bet; who else -- Thorogood? Blackstreet? Mystery Girls?); a couple might even be bitter, who knows. And a bunch of them I probably won't end up liking at all. But I don't see how, as a whole, they fit Anthony's goofy caricature of my tastes -- and neither do, um, Calexico, Bettie Seveert, Nada Surf (bitter maybe?), Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Crimson Sweet, Adrian Sherwood, the Bad Plus, Circle, the Briefs, Ghost Cauldron, Babasonicos, Lightning Bolt, El Guapo, or all the dark metal and garage rap and Bali gamelan I've been listening to these past couple weeks. (Those are just the CDs on hand right here in my office that I'm staring at; it's not like I have time to brainstorm otherwise.) Well, okay, I guess the garage rap stuff is horny AND bitter a lot of the time. Still. I hope Anthony's flattered.

chuck, Friday, 14 March 2003 02:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hot Snakes are a tamer version of Drive Like Jehu... you keep hoping they hit the gas but they just cruise around in 2nd/3rd. I like them very much, but there is no comparison to Drive Like Jehu.


original bgm, Friday, 14 March 2003 02:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd also suggest the Book of Dead Names album to fans of the first Hot Snakes album. Kind of like Jehu/Hot Snakes mixed with Orchid or something. Not bad.

original bgm, Friday, 14 March 2003 02:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Alan N: that sounds interesting thanks....

Jon Williams (ex machina), Friday, 14 March 2003 02:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You're welcome, enjoy. (maybe)

original bgm, Friday, 14 March 2003 02:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

at first i didn't dig the HS sound. thought it was way too wanky. just revved up with nowhere to go. then, i kept playing it and playin it and after about 5 spins, i found myself actually finding parts i enjoyed. after about 10 listens, i was hooked. and so were my neighbors. didn't even hear ov DLJ until the reissue (that's how unhip i am) and i now see that they're what i initally wanted HS to be!! both rip, as far as i can tell.

edde, Friday, 14 March 2003 13:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Good god, did I miss an entertaining call and response. If you will. ;-)

Can somebody please explain Rocket From the Crypt to me? They're so generic.

Well, I can't add anything to this beyond noting that you're right on the one hand (they have a format they follow and all, they know their history perhaps to a fault, etc.). But I think they put it all together with style, visual and, I'd say, otherwise. Sure that's a generic/lazy description but sometimes that's the extra kick that you need -- and ultimately they might be a band where the whole is greater than its various parts (Speedo's rasp -- I admit I don't quite get the minstrel comparison -- and entertaining stage banter being two of the most solid).

And hell, I dance to 'em. If asked why, well, because, that what they make me do! No more rationale needed. :-)

Yank Crime is pretty spectacular, yes. You don't so much dance to that as wind yourself up tight and then jerk or scream along.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 14 March 2003 14:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Chuck I think you're applying motives to RFTC that they wouldn't subscribe to. It's not garage revival (not crunchy enough), not rockabilly revival (although there's a hint of that, plus the greaser look), ska (although there are horns) or even punk (even though Speedo's voice is made for it). By landing somewhere in the middle of these sounds, it does take on a generic feel, a problem that keeps me from liking their records more. However, Speedo writes some fantastic songs (check "Ditch Digger" from Circa: Now!, "Used" or "On a Rope" from Scream, Dracula Scream (their best record by far) and "Ghost Shark" from Group Sounds (also, RFTC is an awful disc completely conceived by Interscope who wanted Rocket to go for a pseudo-boogie rock sound, hiring Kevin Shirley to produce the thing)), and I am love with his rasp. In other bands I hate nearly every element that makes up RFTC (horns + generic punk, rockabilly revival) but a combo of Speedo's rasp, backhanded charm and strong songwriting makes me a defender. They're not someone to get particularly excited over, but they've made their share of great tunes (and one truly great record: SDS).

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Friday, 14 March 2003 17:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hey Yancey -- Sara Sherr put "On a Rope" on a mixtape she made me for me a few years ago, and it struck me as pretty mediocre; a couple years later I finally heard *Scream Dracula Scream, and compared to *RFTC, it just sounded stodgy. Which suggests to me that the problem with *RFTC might well have been that the label didn't make RFTC sell out ENOUGH -- maybe if Kevin Shirley had put *more* Journey slickness in there, they would've rocked harder. So I suppose their "motives" don't really matter that much to me; whatever they were *trying* to do, what they wound up with sounded half-hearted. Still, I get your point, I guess. Your description, though, mainly just makes them seem tasteful and timid -- like lots of acclaimed college radio bands, maybe they were so worried about being perceived as corny (as Too Rockabilly or Too Garage or Too Punk or Too Boogie or Too Ska) that they just wound up more or less nowhere. Which, in the wake of 20 years of such stuff, DOES make them corny. Or maybe I just have trouble getting excited about bands whose *fans* can't even get excited. But right -- that doesn't mean they're totally useless.

chuck, Friday, 14 March 2003 19:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Even though I like them, I agree that they are too tasteful and timid, at least in the sense of taking any real chances. That last record was maybe the most timid of all, but it struck me for some reason anyway. The juxtaposition of a band doing what it's always done with 9/11-related lyrics has a nice ring to it -- basically that they didn't need to get particularly introspective or revved up to tackle such tough subject matter (which they actually do fairly well), that it fit into their sound without a change, which it does.

I have no idea if RFTC are consciously avoiding being "Too Rockabilly or Too Garage or Too Punk or Too Boogie or Too Ska," but maybe they're trying to be, to paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, a "well-rounded" band, which is ultimately way too limiting. Oh, and their fans do get excited about them, obviously, as the whole Rocket tattoo deal shows.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Friday, 14 March 2003 19:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

So....hmmmm. Maybe they're, like, one of those old early '70s post-garage/pre-punk "we might as well be playing baseball" type bands, like Brownsville Station or Earthquake or the Flamin' Groovies. All of whom, admittedly, I like a lot, even though they always seemed really protective of their pointlessness, if that makes any sense. Which means that if only Rocket From the Crypt could come up with a "Smokin' in a Boys Room" or a "Teenage Head," I might finally give in. Doubt I'd get a tattoo, though. (I wonder if anybody is still walking around with a Brownsville Station tat. THAT would be cool.)

chuck, Friday, 14 March 2003 19:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Smokin' in THE Boys Room." Duh. (And it is NOT a Motley Crue song.)

chuck, Friday, 14 March 2003 19:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"starland vocal band! they suck!"

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 14 March 2003 19:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ha! Maybe you're right, as the Flaming Groovies are easily one of my favorite bands.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Friday, 14 March 2003 19:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

RFTC certainly do have their hardcore followers, for what it's worth... believe me. I think the apparent lack of intensified focus into any one pigeonhole on the part of John Reis is mainly because that's just his style. RFTC could have broken really big way back in 1992 with "Circa: Now!" and had a legitimate chance, but John was just as dedicated to Jehu at the time, and stuck by it (too bad that was more or less the last time.)..

John's motif of "taking the rock n' roll ride to the edge of explosion only to take a step back when it beckons" has been a cursing and blessing, I think. We've gotten a lot of different side projects and a lot of great music out of it, I believe. (Why does no one mention the Sultans or Back Off Cupids?), but perhaps sacrificing making that one little dent that no one will ever forget?

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 14 March 2003 21:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

That Back Off Cupids kinda bored me, db. Never heard the Sultans though...

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Friday, 14 March 2003 21:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Word is that Rick Froberg is dealing with a viral heart infection right now. Godspeed, sir!

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 12 June 2011 21:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

jesus, how does one even get a viral heart infection? i thought that was something only dogs got.

i'm a big rick fan and hope to buy some of his art one of these days.

del griffith, Sunday, 12 June 2011 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

obitsband Rick has a viral heart infection. He's okay, but we need to cancel July shows. Very, very sorry & will reschedule...

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 12 June 2011 22:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

Glad he's okay. Still sounds quite uncomfortable.

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 12 June 2011 22:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Whoa, lucky ducks! Such a great live band, hope they play a few other shows.

grandavis, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 20:31 (seven years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 20:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

That ATP is turning out to be a thing of great beauty. I so badly wanted to see Hot Snakes.
Shit it's over my birthday! Need to start dropping some hints to loved ones.

owenf, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 22:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hopefully this all means Rick's over the viral heart infection talked about last month!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 22:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

"yeah, im super stokified on this. so far just ATP is confirmed. we are talking about maybe doin a couple more shows before hand. not sure where but not west coast. we will be hangin on the east coast so most likely out there or in europe.i will letchu know. don't know who is playin drums. trying to figure out the scheduling and who is up for it and what makes the most sense. please do not share your thoughts or preferences on the matter. not interested in suggestions. Night Marchers shows most likely will not coincide with this trip. good times." - John Reis

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 05:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

listening to automatic midnight on spotify and it's bugging me that i can't remember who does the female backing vox on "salton city" (GIVE US A KISS!) - it's someone from another band

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 24 May 2013 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink

ah it was kim thompson from delta 72/circus lupus/skull control/deep lust

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 24 May 2013 19:31 (five years ago) Permalink

"Salton City" rules

grandavis, Friday, 24 May 2013 19:41 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Hot Snakes very quietly slipped a BRAND NEW SONG on the Swami label comp that came out on Record Store Day... it's called "Stay in School" and it's not something old from the vaults - it's full on new!! I haven't really seen anyone talk about it, but it's pretty killer.....

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 18:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Post a yousendit ASAP, please. I'm intrigued

van smack, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 03:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Haha I'm assuming the YSI request is a throwback to when anyone on ILX would have cared about Hot Snakes

anyway, here it is...

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 06:50 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

feel like them breaking from the trend of their previous cover art is not a good sign

na (NA), Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

His surf album from 2015 was great. I would be up for more distinctly Hot Snakes surf explorations as well.

how's life, Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:49 (nine months ago) Permalink


na (NA), Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

i mean fine whatever but the first release single from the new album didn't sound like hot snakes, it sounded like one of the post-hot snakes bands like obits or something, and i just want a hot snakes album that sounds like and looks like hot snakes

na (NA), Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

There've been a couple of new singles so far. I liked "Sick Wave Hold-Down" but didn't care as much for the other one.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 8 March 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

New album is streaming at NPR. Sounds like Hot Snakes to me!

woman in the dunes, Friday, 9 March 2018 14:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

album is predictably sick. recommended for fans of john reis yelling the name of the song at you over and over

Simon H., Friday, 9 March 2018 14:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah ok this is great so far

na (NA), Friday, 9 March 2018 16:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

John Reis doesn't sing in Hot Snakes, btw

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 9 March 2018 17:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

i should get some hot snakes. i would like them i think. i still need copies of yank crime and that first DLJ. i got rid of my copy of yank crime in the 90s. i was JUST listening to his stuff last night on Youtube. i still have never listened to that Pitchfork album. i'd probably like that too. i still adore Circa:Now! but i never heard any RFTC that i liked as much as that album. the later stuff always sounded a little corny to me. there is probably good post-circa:now! stuff though. i realize that.

scott seward, Friday, 9 March 2018 17:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

John Reis doesn't sing in Hot Snakes, btw

― Paul Ponzi, Friday, March 9, 2018 9:12 AM (twenty-seven minutes ago)

Actually, *tips fedora*...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 9 March 2018 17:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

fuck I always mix up Reis and Froberg

Simon H., Friday, 9 March 2018 17:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

psyched for this

call all destroyer, Friday, 9 March 2018 17:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

i didn't care for whatever that first single was. kinda bland. album's good though! some scorchers on here.

circa1916, Friday, 9 March 2018 18:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

we got this promo in at my radio station and I was gonna play it but every single song is a no-play cuz of cuss words

sleeve, Friday, 9 March 2018 18:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

many xp meant lead vocals, obviously

I like the new album. No surprises, picks up right where they left off, which is OK with me.

"Death Doula" is a jam, and worthy of its title

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 9 March 2018 18:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

seeing these guys tonight, stoked~!

scoff walker (diamonddave85), Friday, 9 March 2018 18:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

"I considered stopping playing guitar on a social media poll after I completely mastered the instrument," Reis writes in a press release. "But so many people kept sending me letters and voicemail messages, asking me at the dry cleaners, or the butcher shop to bring back Hot Snakes. They were missing rock and roll music. I've always considered Hot Snakes to be more in the vein of the proto-Vog movement of the early '70s. But to these people, this is their rock 'n' roll. I understand that. I totally understand people's desire to be controlled and humiliated by my guitar. Anyone can play the stupid guitar. What they want is for me to use it as a branding iron."

del griffith, Saturday, 10 March 2018 01:08 (nine months ago) Permalink


na (NA), Saturday, 10 March 2018 01:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

I have a circle of friends for whom Hot Snakes is kinda the godhead modern rock n roll band. Froberg album art tattoos and all. Always been a fan, but man, there’s Real Srs fandom out there.

circa1916, Saturday, 10 March 2018 03:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

I have seen this, too. Mass pilgrimages to gigs and such, and yes, tattoos.

Of course, I'd take Yank Crime over any of the 4 Hot Snakes albums, but what do I know

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah that’s how I feel about Jehu. I will always take more Hot Snakes but I’ll take either DLJ album over any of the Hot Snakes records.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 10 March 2018 15:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

john reis holy shit

i've never seen anyone play the guitar like that

scoff walker (diamonddave85), Saturday, 10 March 2018 21:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

For being a non-technically proficient son of a tuna fishing Portuguese immigrant from the wrong side of the San Diego docks, he does play himself a mean guitar. Almost up there with the LA rocker hotshots that San Diegan rockers feel intrinsically inferior to.

This was with Drive Like Jehu, but still worth posting here I think:

and it may interest Hot Snacks fans (and long-time Rocket from the Crypt fans for that matter) to know that during the midst of the recording sessions of the new album, John's trusty Les Paul was stolen and subsequently recovered. When it happened, I'd read something about street justice, like straight up fisticuffs, but apparently that's not exactly how it went down

the Suicide/Wipers simultaneous riff tribute moment on the last song on the new one is pretty neat.

del griffith, Monday, 12 March 2018 01:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

the LA rocker hotshots that San Diegan rockers feel intrinsically inferior to

Who are you referring to?

timellison, Monday, 12 March 2018 01:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

xp i was at that show!

call all destroyer, Monday, 12 March 2018 01:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

Who are you referring to?

I am referring specifically to none other than Tracii Guns, who owes me $700 btw.

i was at that show!

I love the small world in which we live.

del griffith, Monday, 12 March 2018 02:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'll take it you don't have a serious answer Del

timellison, Monday, 12 March 2018 03:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

that's seriously how he spells his name - look it up

I woulda said Rikk Agnew, but he's Orange County.

del griffith, Monday, 12 March 2018 03:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

You from LA, Del? Just talking trash?

timellison, Monday, 12 March 2018 03:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

The idea of John Reis feeling inferior to Traci Guns is the most hilarious notion.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 12 March 2018 14:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

"Hot Snacks" is a great band name

albvivertine, Monday, 12 March 2018 17:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i hear jericho sirens

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 13:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

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