Hot Hot Heat Reunite (Again) for First New Single in Seven Years

"Shock Me" has us appropriately shocked!

Photo via Hot Hot Heat on Facebook

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 1, 2023

Hot Hot Heat effectively broke up for the first time after the release of their 2010 LP Future Breeds, later reuniting in 2016 for a self-titled album they promised would be their final goodbye. But here we are, in the year of our lord 2023, with a new song from the Vancouver band that helped define the indie sleaze era.

"Shock Me" marks the quartet's first new track with guitarist Dante DeCaro since 2005 — the year he left Hot Hot Heat and joined Wolf Parade — and likewise reunites vocalist/keyboardist Steve Bays and drummer Paul Hawley with bassist Parker Bossley.

More than 20 years on from Make Up the Breakdown, it sounds like they haven't aged a day in the best possible way. Perhaps un-shockingly, "Shock Me" is a synth-heavy dance-punk number and a delightful little Meet Me in the Bathroom-age time capsule. Hot Hot Heat, indeed, still rip.

Listen to "Shock Me" below.


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