Blondie is probably a good reference point as to what The HOTcakes sound like as one can clearly hear the new-wave influences in their music -- though one could just as easily make the comparison to Kim Wilde. Vocalist Erin Marsz sings with a raw passion (as opposed to Debbie's cool detachment) and the band has some huge dance-oriented pop hooks. The band released their latest EP "Gonna Go Out" late last year which is a followup to their 2008 self-titled EP.
The band is playing a very special Valentine's Day acoustic show, this Monday, February 14th, 9pm at Shang at the Thompson LES (2nd floor). After reading (and laughing a bit over) the recent Village Voice Valentine's-themed story entitled "Dear Single Women of NYC: It's Not Them, It's You", this show should be a great way to spend Valentine's Day and it will be a lot of fun to hear stripped-down versions of The HOTcakes' high-energy songs.