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Hot Hot Heat turn it up 

The Vancouver indie rockers have been playing so hard that they'll soon need to rest.

For a little more than a decade, Hot Hot Heat's been radiating its energy all the way from Vancouver. But with the release of the album Future Breeds earlier this year, band members Luke Paquin, Steve Bays, Louis Hearn and Paul Hawley discovered a new temperature. "Musically, for lack of a better word, it's a lot more rockin'," says Paquin, who sounds a bit sleepy over the phone after a packed show in Ottawa two nights ago. "It's louder and heavier, it's more energetic. For some reason, we just wanted to ramp it up and get a little bit more intense." It's an intensity that comes from a shifted creative perspective---Paquin says the band put together Future Breeds by recording tracks that would be "awesome to see live" instead of "studio songs." And it translates well to the live shows. "Everything just feels a bit heavier. Our amps are bigger," laughs Paquin. Maybe a bit too big---the band's taking a brief hiatus a few days after its Halifax show, cancelling a trip to Europe. While a few factors came into play, Paquin says, "Mostly, we're just really tired. We'd been off the road for a while before we made this album, and I think we just wanted to kind of make up for a little bit of time that was lost and just get back out there. I think we got a little over-exuberant when we booked the thing, but that's OK." Expect nothing but over-exuberance tonight, with added energy from Hey Rosetta and Rich Aucoin.


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