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MP3 Hot Heels Records - Bullet Rain

The lyrical and musical eclecticism of Tom Waits with Motown and Fats Domino swing.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (38:02) !
Related styles: ROCK: Rock & Roll, AVANT GARDE: Experimental

People who are interested in Bob Dylan Tom Waits Fats Domino should consider this download.

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Hot Heels Records, a Chicago-based rock and roll band who Revue Magazine calls “the greatest band to come out of Chicago since the group Morphine in the ‘80’s” blends the swing of Fats Domino and Motown with the lyrical and musical eclecticism of Tom Waits on their third album Bullet Rain, out October 24, 2008. I had a chance to sit down with Brandon Seyferth, the band’s founder and songwriter, last month after a performance with drummer Marty Grossman and bassist Aaron Hanna in Chicago’s Rogers Park.

“I’ve heard you say the inspiration for naming the band Hot Heels Records comes from the association of Warhol’s factory with the Velvet Underground and Motown Records’ association with the Funk Brothers. I’ve also heard you give other reasons, such as: it’s simply a way for people to find songs. Care to elaborate?”

“All the other band names were taken.”

“I’ve known you for a while. You’re avoiding the question.”

[Laughs] “I’m not calling myself a ‘hot heels record’ and neither are Aaron or Marty. Hot Heels Records is the way to find our work. The hot heels bit; that was to remind myself not to stay in the same place artistically for too long.”

“Does the band work like a power trio or like a singer/songwriter with a backup rhythm section?”

“I never understood why people say a “backup” rhythm section. Does that mean if you choose to express yourself through the drums or the bass that you’re a “backup” person? We come together and pour everything we’ve got into everything we do through the means that interest each of us most.”

“Let’s talk about Bullet Rain. What inspired the songs on the record?”

“I can’t speak for what Aaron and Marty or our friends who played on the record put into it, but I’d go to parties or bars and hear the DJ playing recycled hits that people were dancing to... “Baby Got Back” or “London Bridge” or something and get bored out of my mind. Listening to songs like that is like watching action movies without any story. I’m not one of those people who get all giddy with nostalgia or whatever when I hear shit like that. It doesn’t turn me on. I wanted to put some songs on this record that’d make people want to dance or turn up the volume and I wanted to give them a story or give them something to chew on while doing it. That said, it’s not a record by a guy or a band who rewrites the same song twelve times and calls it a record. It’s a story with chapters. If you’re looking for a straight up dance-party record, this isn’t the one.”

“But if you like Motown, Fats Domino, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan it might be.

“Yeah, I think that’s about right.”

“In the song Martha, one of my favorites on Bullet Rain, you tell a story about leaving Shanghai that is full of vivid imagery. You lived in China for some time. Is this a true story?”

“Does it matter? Yeah... [Mutters a few lines] Save a couple of details I guess.”

“Marty and Aaron suggested I speak to you for this interview. Is there anything you think they’d like to add?”

[Rubs the back of his head] “I don’t know. Aaron would probably have us all laughing and Marty would probably ask you why your journalist friends cover so many bands that hug each other too much.”

“Are you the brooding one in the band?”

“A shadow by the riverside, a breeze in the boats.”

“A line from “God, the Ghosts and the Night,” a song from the very record of which we speak, isn’t it?”

“I ain’t peddling shit I don’t mean, man.”

“What do you think of Revue magazine’s assessment of you?”

“I’ve never made it all the way through a Morphine record.”

Hot Heels Records’ streams all three of their albums at https://www.tradebit.com Don’t miss them in Chicago and on tour.

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