HOT SHORTS – ” I Understand And I Wish To Continue “

Posted: November 14, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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New outing from Manc faves, Icecapades and it’s a corker. a trio of talented folks who I don’t know smash out a brilliantly wry, cleverly placed set of off-kilter snarling college rock and Blue Album era melodies with skill and grace.

The first album from Manchester band Hot Shorts in two years. ‘I Understand And I Wish To Continue’ is a peppy sophomore album which ably follows on from where the band’s excellent 2017 self-titled debut album left us. It’s twenty nine minutes of cascading hook-laden pop precision from one of the city’s finest breakout bands of recent times. An assured and engaging affair, the record is ten tracks of 90’s tinged slacker anthems and the occasional luxury indie lament, deftly arranged and crafted by the band over the last two years.

Unsurprisingly for a band featuring two published authors the lyrics on this album take centre stage. Songs like Lostprophets Tattoo, Don’t Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before, and I Found You on Myspace are keenly observed vignettes which blend knowing pop cult humour, keen social observations and the occasional dollop of self introspection. It’s a wonderful, lyrically savvy album, designed to leave the listener feeling
amused, discerning and invited firmly in on the joke.

Chris says of the writing on the record, “Pretty much all of the songs are either about feeling really old and embarrassing and/or music from my past…the songs are mostly.. about being slightly too old and British to still be into 90s alt rock as much as we are, but there is also one about being afraid to go to space on there and also one about a cat”.

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Fans of their previous release will not be disappointed. New listeners will find a new favourite to cling to over the months ahead.

Released October 25th, 2019
The Band:
Chris Killen – Guitar & Vocals
Peet Earnshaw – Bass & Vocals
Joel Nicholson – Guitar & Vocals
Lara Williams – Drums

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