Hot Flash Heat Wave
San Francisco indie-rock quartet Hot Flash Heat Wave rose to prominence in the Bay Area music scene in 2015 with the release of their 'Gutter Girl' music video, from their debut album Neapolitan, which was uploaded to YouTube and eventually made its way to the front page of reddit. Their versatile sound, at times reminiscent of golden 60s, power pop, dream pop, post-punk and indie rock, demonstrates a dynamic range of songwriting prowess centered around consistently infectious, sun-soaked melodies and guitar hooks. HFHW formed in Davis, California as a noise collaboration between Adam Abildgaard and Nick Duffy in 2010, expanding to a full band when bassist Ted Davis and guitarist Nathaniel Blum joined the group in the following years. Renouncing the traditional front-manned format of most contemporary bands, the four instead each contribute songs and share the lead. With the release of their sophomore album, Soaked, accompanied by a string of creative self-produced music videos in 2017, the group embarked on its first nationwide tour. Their first single, 'Bye Bye Baby', appeared on Canada's Viral 50 Spotify playlist. In 2017, HFHW released their sophomore album Soaked with OIM Records, which charted on college radio in the U.S. The band just finished up a national tour and SXSW visit with No Vacation to promote their new single 'Glo Ride' - a song released in collaboration with Broken Ent. Hot Flash Heat Wave will continue to release music and new videos throughout 2018.
Tyler Broderick has been writing music under the Diners moniker since he began to write what would be become his first album, Throw Me A Ten, in 2011. The Phoenix, AZ-based musician followed it up with 2014's Always Room, a tightly focused and dreamy guitar pop record equally indebted to the pop proclivities of Brian Wilson as much as the humble, earnest qualities of Dear Nora. The sentimental hooks and heartfelt lyrics of the record proved equally undeniable in the live setting, as the band toured extensively and shared the stage with pop and punk acts as varied as Frankie Cosmos, Tony Molina, Porches, the Smith Street Band, and fellow Phoenicians AJJ.
Diners' appropriately titled third album, Three, sees Broderick taking his affable music in a more experimental direction. Broderick recorded Three with frequent collaborator and engineer Jalipaz Nelson, glazing the basic pop-framework of his tunes with lush instrumentation and radical production more akin to Electric Light Orchestra than your typical bedroom pop record. It's an ambitious decision for the young songwriter whose modest demeanor might not reveal his grand intentions, yet Three never finds itself bogged down by excess, but instead strikes the perfect balance between memorable melodies and challenging ideas.