The SF bay area is home Hot Lunch; purveyors of one of the finest brands of HEAVY-osity currently in operation. Taking cues from the likes of Lemmy-era Hawkwind, Blue Cheer, Crushed Butler, The Groundhogs, skateboarding and Black Sabbath (at 78RPM), Hot Lunch plays the type of music that can easily cross over to those in which heavy isn't quite their cup of sludge. Specifically, the unstoppable GROOVE and song composition sets them apart from the pack.
Once again, my instructions are to BUY this groups' amazing debut LP NOW. I don't think you'll regret it one bit, as it has "modern classic" stamped all over it.
Luckily for us 7" fanatics, HL has released two; their debut slab from 2010 contains "She Wants More", a track that was re-recorded for their debut LP (slightly slower, but just as good- personally I'm stoked that there are two versions of this jam). Sure, the riff has a little bit in common with Sabbath's 'Paranoid", but if that doesn't put a smile on your face, I'm sorry for ya. The band states their intention IMMEDIATELY on this record; it's the musical equivalent of getting buckled into a '68 SS 396 Chevelle with your deranged uncle behind the wheel driving way too fucking fast on some country road, where you kinda fear for your life, but on the same hand don't really want it to stop.
"Killer Smile" is one of the HIGHlights of HL's debut LP, and it was also released as a 45 as an advance appetizer for the LP. Guitarist Aaron Nudelman gets to show off all his amazing abilities and taste here; I especially love his use of heavy reverb which lends excellent shade and vibe to the playing. Vocalist (and heavy duty skateboarder) Eric Shea shows off his melodic scream to perfection, not to mention the rhythm section devastation offered by Rob Alper on double kick drum and flailing arms.Charlie Karr keeps it rooted on bass, and the band can change time and tempo in a way that doesn't seem odd or forced. The flip side is non LP; a version of the track "You're Alright", a poppy track from the 1980 film Skateboard Madness that gets sticky and full of resin after bubbling through the Hot Lunch machine. You can buy a copy of your very own here.
Like what you hear? Buy this album NOW, good people. And snatch up these 45's before they sell for hundreds of dollars.