HotChaCha Release New EP // Show at Pianos on Nov. 12th ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Saturday, November 06, 2010

HotChaCha Release New EP // Show at Pianos on Nov. 12th


HotChaCha Release New EP // Show at Pianos on Nov. 12thCleveland art-punk band HotChaCha have a new EP, "Fantastic Static" (on Exit Stencil), which is already getting great reviews. The new five-track EP is the first to capture the power of the band's live set -- The Heard said "I can hear, see, smell and even taste the raw power on Fantastic Static."

On "Fantastic Static", the third release for HotChaCha on Exit Stencil Recordings, the energy of their riotous live show has been captured and recreated as close to perfectly as possible. Here you have the sound and feeling of a band that has been touring incessantly for the past three years---writing, living, and breathing together as one commanding unit---and winning over audiences and the media wherever and whenever they play.

Singer Jovana Batkovic continues to draw lyrical and linguistic inspiration from her multinational upbringing but more noticeable here is the confidence and tenor of her delivery---exuding a self-possession and presence on par with any of the Joan Jetts, Karen Os, and Chrissie Hyndes of the world.

The balance of the delicate and the forceful from multi-instrumentalist Mandy Aramouni continues to provide HotChaCha with their signature, reverb-soaked atmosphere (imagine the sound of the XX if they were the Runaways!) but here, the drive and immediacy is palpable and dramatic. The interplay of Heather Gmucs (bass) and Roseanna Safos (drums) provide the band with their heartbeat, dictate the mood, and seamlessly transition from pensive to explosive and then some.

The band is playing a show at Pianos on Friday, Nov. 12th along with Caveman, Beresford and Apollo Run. Tickets are $10 and HotChaCha plays at 9PM.