Music is starting to trickle through town from Brooklyn band The Hot Left, especially now that they have officially released their first album. The collection of ten songs starts off with a bang and moves through diverse musical styles and lyrical themes to end on gentler, more contemplative fare. As a whole, the songs feature catchy guitar hooks (with lead singer David Feddock on guitar and Chris Olson on electric bass), driving tempos (from Pat Van Dyke on drums) and ambitious vocals (despite the occasional unbalanced harmonies). Feddock has written lyrics that are witty yet still reveal an appealing vulnerability behind his rough-edged vocals.
What is most unique (or Hot?) about these guys is their ability to dramatize everyday activities in Brooklyn, charged with toe-tapping rhythms and energetic melodies. From the pain of "It's eight o'clock in the morning and the landlord's running the vacuum", to the familiar relief of "I crack a little smile as I jump the turnstile... right on time again [for the Q train]" to the upbeat but bluesy lamenting of "Stuck in Brooklyn all alone", these songs are like a bright soundtrack for the lives of anyone dealing with the trials and tribulations of New York City.
Photo of David Feddock (left) and Chris Olson (right) from their MySpace photo album