Hot Hot Heat previewed new material from their forthcoming album at the Sunset Junction Street Fair in Los Angeles yesterday.
The Canadian rockers drew a huge crowd to the festival’s main stage for their late afternoon set, which saw them run through old favourites ‘Elevator’ and ‘Bandages’ in addition to several songs from their new album ‘Happiness Ltd’.
Although they had not performed in Los Angeles for some time, the crowd had not forgotten the words to their songs and sang along with frontman Steve Bays on several tracks. New numbers, including the album’s catchy lead single ‘Let Me In’ and ‘My Best Fiend’ garnered a cheers from the audience.
“We haven’t played LA too much lately, so thanks for coming out to show your love,” Bays told the crowd.
Toward the end of the set, technical difficulties left guitarist Luke Paquin mute for a song, but he came back swinging for crowd-pleasers ‘Talk To Me’ and ‘Good Night Good Night’ before smashing the guitar as he left the stage.
“I was blown away by the vibe today,” Bays told NME.COM after their set. “‘My Best Fiend’ always goes over well, even thought it’s the heaviest song. It’s kinda weird. Luke’s guitar cut out at the end, but I think it turned out great overall.”
Hot Hot Heat played:
‘Not Not Now’
‘Island Of The Honest Man’
‘Get In Or Get Out’
‘My Best Fiend’
‘Middle Of Nowhere’
‘Let Me In’
‘Harmonicas & Tambourines’
‘Talk To Me’
‘Good Night Good Night’
–By our Los Angeles staff.