Make Up The Breakdown is the second album release for the Canadian angular post-punk pop act, who have been compared to XTC & The Cure. It follows 2002s Scenes One Through Thirteen which brought together tracks from their early EPs. 10 tracks. Limited edition UK reissue is scheduled to include UK versions of the two songs No Not Now & the single Bandages. B-Unique. 2003.
Riding the wave of retropunk with their debut Make Up The Breakdown
, Vancouver natives Hot Hot Heat look set to sweep away Canada's reputation for bland beigepop in a flash flood of jagged riffs, ska-flavoured skips and post-mod(ern) hits.
Despite their spiky and spangly leather-coated exterior, Hot Hot Heat are far more concerned with fun than fashion: frontman Steve Bays' hyperactive shrieks on "Oh Goddamnit" bring to mind a young Elvis Costello with a better sense of humour, while "Aveda" brings together the best (non fist-shaking) bits of the Clash and early XTC. "Bandages" is destined to occupy indie disco playlists and ring throughout halls of residence for the foreseeable future.
For Hot Hot Heat, the beat is king, and Make Up The Breakdown's unrelenting three-minute anthems holds the court firmly in its thrall. --Leslie Gilotti