Hot Hot Heat Biography
Based out of Victoria, British Columbia CANADA, this Alternative-Rock Punk-Pop combo was founded by drummer Paul Hawley and bassist Dustin Hawthorne in 1999. The two recruited guitarist Dante DeCaro and Steve Bays who performs live singing with the microphone in his left hand, playing a synthesizer with his right hand.
The quartet released a number of EPs, compilations, singles and the debut album, "Scenes One Through Thirteen", that generated enough buzz to get the band signed to SubPop Records who released in April 2002 a 5-track EP titled "Knock Knock Knock".
Shortly afterwards they headed into Vancouver's Mushroom Studios to record a new full-length, "Make Up The Breakdown", which peaked at #5 on the U.S. Top Independent Albums chart and cracked The Billboard Top 200 while the single "Bandages" climbed into the top 20 of The Modern Rock chart; the second single, "Talk To Me, Dance With Me", also made a respectable showing by breaking the top 40 on the same chart.
In early April 2005 the group released "Elevator". Shortly after completing the album, guitarist Dante DeCaro departed the line-up. The band quickly found a worthy replacement in guitarist Luke Paquin. Their third full-length disc peaked at #34 on The Billboard 200 and generated two Modern Rock top 30 hits: "Goodnight Goodnight" and "Middle Of Nowhere".
September 2007 saw Hot Hot Heat release their third album for Sire Records, "Happiness Ltd.". The 11-song set reached the #86 position on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, yielding only one minor hit single, "Let Me In".
Experimenting with amps and microphone placements, alternative sounds and vintage gear, Bays, Paquin, Hawley and new bass player Louis Hearn recorded "Future Breeds", the first HHH album cut in the band's own studio, Tugboat Place, which occupies a suite in one of Vancouver's oldest buildings, a marble-laden tower replete with a haunted floor. Released in June 2010 on L.A.-based Dangerbird Records, the CD includes the Canadian Alternative Rock radio top 40 hit "21@12".