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Friday, March 14 • 12:00am - 12:30am
Hot Little Rocket

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HOT LITTLE ROCKET are one of the longest running and most beloved bands ever to emerge from the Western Canadian rock and roll scene. For almost ten years, their unforgettable songs and jarring live performances have stuck in the ears and hearts of indie rockers all across the country. In February 2006, Hot Little Rocket spent a week in Chicago with legendary recording engineer Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, Stooges) and came out of it with easily their strongest album to date, "HOW TO LOSE EVERYTHING", which will be released nationwide on June 26th, 2007. "It was just amazing to work with someone who really respects us," praises Aaron Smelski, guitarist. "He was really professional, but he'd let us do our own thing and would occasionally bring in his two cents on how to improve our sound." Hot Little Rocket - Smelksi, Andrew Wedderburn (singer), Matt Swann (bass) and Joel Nye (drums) - have piled up road experience like some kind of loud, skinny hockey franchise. Touring back and forth across Canada more times than they can count, the Rocket's have shared stages along the way with Modest Mouse, The Weakerthans, and The Constantines to name a few. They'd even packed themselves and their guitars across the Pacific Ocean for a two and a half week residency in Beijing, including playing to tens of thousands at the MIDI Music festival. Until someone claims otherwise, they're calling themselves the "first Canadian indie band to ever play China for two and a half weeks". After the initial release of the "Laika" EP in 2000, their first album "Danish Documentary" (2001) reached #17 on the Earshot national charts. Their second album, "Our Work And Why We Do It" (2003) marked their first entry into Earshot's Top Ten and peaked nationally at #9. "[Our latest] sounds the way we sound. Nothing was manipulated," comments Wedderburn, who has been insistent on staying true to the classic rock combo instrumentation, despite many indie rock bands venturing out into new forms of instrumentation with string sections and synthesizers. On "How To Lose Everything", that signature "Albini sound" finally captures the strength of Hot Little Rocket's gob-smacking and energetic live show like never before - leaving the listener with the overwhelming sensation that the band is about to tumble out of your speakers and continue to rock in your very own living room. Hot Little Rocket's debut single "Like Killers" will hit radio alongside of the album street date, all in support of their first round of tour dates. They will continue to tour Canada throughout 2007, dates to be announced. "How to Lose Everything" will be available nationwide via Canadian independent label File Under: Music. "Like Killers" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK9ZB8V6WHQ Discography Laika EP (2000) Danish Documentary (2001) Our Work and Why We Do It (2003) Laika re-release (2004) China EP (2005) How to Lose Everything (2007)
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Friday March 14, 2008 12:00am - 12:30am
Blind Pig Rooftop 317 E 6th St

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