Friday, September 12, 2008

Hot Lava

There’s a new brand of weird pop music bubbling up around the east coast these days and Hot Lava are right in the thick of the flow. Deejay Dan Deacon gets it. He’s putting Hot Lava on a split single on the Baltimore-based Wham City label. Calliope Kurtz understands. “This is pink tambourine utopia!” she enthuses at Perfect Sound Forever, waxing poetic about Hot Lava’s “digital basement bling” and “under the charm killer songwriting. …Polaroids from teen eternity.”

It’s been 3 years of countless laughs and quite a few line-up changes, Richmond, Virginia's Hot Lava, comprised of Allison Apperson, Jared Sosa, Andrew Mowe and Matt Deans, are finally ready to heat things up. Their multi-layered debut album, Lavalogy, is a unique, conceptual adventure that plays like the musical companion to a satirical and subversive graphic novel.

There is no denying the band's love-affair with 90's indie-pop or their 60's inspired sensibilities, but Hot Lava's music goes beyond celebrating the past, it gazes into the future with a wide-eye and an endearing, off-beat sense of humor. Whether lead singer Allison Apperson is romanticizing about a spinach-eating blue dragon, or wrestling with technology (Apple+Option+Fire), she and the rest of the boys are focused on smothering their catchy pop vignettes with candy-coated melodies and infectious hooks that are guaranteed to get your temperature rising.

The Lava crew started out as art school buddies, Allison was design focused, Jared and Andrew did film and Matt did illustration and design. Their background had them playing in galleries and underground warehouse parties. The local club scene was a little more problematic where it was hard to find bands that shared their sensibility. At one point Allison with other friends and Lavas started a Pretenders tribute band called the Pretend Pretenders. (check out their take on “Kid” at

>” When we started playing live in late 2006, we didn't really have a niche. We played with a lot of local bands, but there wasn't a lot of chemistry at times,” explains Allison “We started playing shows with out of town bands (The Videohippos, The SadCobras) a couple months later and realized that we were all pretty like minded folks. We've all networked a little now, and we’re part of a community that sort of spans up and down the East Coast. We're all friends of friends of friends and fans of each other's music The internet has sort of fueled a new weird music revolution that's happening right now.”

Bar None is proud to officially release Hot Lava’s Lavalogy. Ten great songs that are guaranteed to slowly ooze their way through your cranium. Hot stuff indeed. Highly Recommended!

Hot Lava - Apple+Option+Fire
Hot Lava - Resolutions '08
Hot Lava @ MySpace

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Blogger Ziggy said...

Mark Kozelek - Nights (2008) !!!
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim (2008) !!!
Neil Halstead - Oh! Mighty Engine (2008) !!!
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music? (2008) !!!
The Roadside Graves - No One Will Know Where You've Been !!!
Patterson Hood - Killers And Stars !!!
Wooden Wand - James And The Quiet !!!
Zita Swoon - Big City !!!
Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark !!!
+ Destroyer, Animal Collective, Studio, zZz, Art Brut,
Avey Tare/Panda Bear, The Flaming Lips, Ryan Adams, etc.

Bon Iver - The MySpace Transmissions

Beck, Björk, Brian Eno, Black Box Recorder, Blonde Redhead,
Bright Eyes, Broadcast, Big Black, Billie Holiday, etc.

Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
God Is An Astronaut - Far From Refugee

Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

Sondre Lerche - Phantom Punch + Duper Sessions
Of Montreal - Satanic Twins
Loretta Lynn - All Time Greatest Hits

Slow Dancing Society - The Sound Of Lights When Dim

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Luc said...

Oh! Very good!

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks as always, have a great weekend

10:49 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

your the man
i enjoy your tatse in music and your goodies.. thanks for many

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

new jenny lewis?

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenny is all over the place - as she should be. Google "Jenny Lewis" "Acid tounge" and "mediafire"/"rapidshare", and you're in bussiness, my friend. (I like Jenny!)

1:16 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

thanks man!

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI! Does anyone knows where i can find "I LIKE TRAINS"?


12:36 PM  
Blogger mmmokno said...

love hot lava! thanks for your blog!

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God you rock!

Seriously, thank you!

3:29 AM  
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