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According to the press sheet I
was sent this week, “The Hot Lies” last EP – Heart Attacks And Callous
Acts – sold in excess of 10,000 copies! What I can’t get my head around
is how said EP shifted so many units, because if Emergency! Emergency!
is any indication of the band’s song writing ability, well… “The
Hot Lies” just aren’t very good.
The title track doesn’t waste
any time, kicking off with a pretty standard riff and lead guitar part
and within 20 seconds you’re hit with Pete Wood’s strained vocals.
From day one I wasn’t sold on the guy’s singing ability and he doesn’t
seem to have improved over the last couple of years.
The B-Side is a cover of Cyndi
Lauper’s cheesy 80’s hit “Time After Time” and I’m shocked
to find that it’s actually worse than the original. It sounds like
something that a 15 year old band rehearsing next door in their parent’s
garage would come up with – not a band that’s spent the better part
of 2 years on the road!
track, and “Ghosts And Mirrors” fares pretty well… that is until
Pete Wood starts singing. Sounding like Bert McCracken (The Used front-man
for anyone who hasn’t watched TV in the last 3 years) with a chest
infection, the vocals on this song let down what is a pretty cool riff.
When your band is peddling “by
the numbers” pop rock, your vocalist better have something special
up his/her sleeve. Unfortunately for “The Hot Lies”, they just don’t
- Emergency! Emergency!
- Time After Time
- Ghosts And Mirrors