Hot Snakes have released a new single entitled “Checkmate”
In the words of Hot Snakes’ Rick Froberg, “Checkmate” is: “big, fatty content freshly extruded from the Hot Snakes sausage machine. Same ingredients, new flav."
Swami John Reis and Rick Froberg have been making noises together since high school.
In 1986 it was the post-hardcore chime of Pitchfork. In 1991 it was the sprawling, multi-faceted arrangements of Drive Like Jehu. In 1999 it was the lean, mean swagger of Hot Snakes. Reis and Froberg are responsible for some of the most turbulent rock and roll of their, or any, generation.
Hot Snakes streamlined Jehu’s complex compositions and emerged as bona fide downstroke warlords. They made 3 studio albums of high-velocity, slash-your-face, piss-punk: 2000’s Automatic Midnight, 2002’s Suicide Invoice and 2004’s Audit in Progress.
The band ceased activity in 2005 but reunited for a triumphant world tour in 2011, planting
the seeds for what has cum.
Now, after a 14-year hiatus from the studio, Hot Snakes have kicked down the door back into
our lives with their new album, Jericho Sirens, due out March 16 from Sub Pop. Fresh, warm piss, bottled and sold as lube.
“I considered stopping playing guitar on a social media poll after
I completely mastered the instrument,” Reis says. “But so many people kept sending me letters and voicemail messages, asking me at the dry cleaners, or the butcher shop to bring back Hot Snakes. They were missing rock and roll music. I’ve always considered Hot Snakes to be more in the vein of the proto-Vog movement of the early ‘70s. But to these people, this is their rock ‘n’ roll. I understand that. I totally understand people’s desire to be controlled and humiliated by my guitar. Anyone can play the stupid guitar. What they want is for me to use it as a branding iron.”
The most recent Hot Snakes album, 2018’s ‘Jericho Sirens’ is available everywhere from
Sub Pop and through all DSPs. And the band’s reissued catalogue – ‘Automatic Midnight’,
‘Suicide Invoice’ and ‘Audit in Progress’- is also available from Sub Pop.
Hot Snakes will kick off a 12-date tour in the UK & Ireland on December 3rd.
Dec. 03 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
Dec. 04- Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
Dec. 05 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
Dec. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
Dec. 07 - Belfast, UK - Black Box
Dec. 08 - Dublin, IE - Grand Social
Dec. 10 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hound
Dec. 11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social
Dec. 12 - London, UK - Garage
Dec. 13 - Bristol, UK - Thekla Social
Dec.14 - Brighton, UK - Patterns
Dec. 15 - Cambridge, UK - Portland Arms
B I Z Z A R R E
HOT SNAKES - "Checkmate"
Hot Snakes - Checkmate