Featured Band: Weird Hot

Weird Hot will be playing at Boot And Saddle in S. Philly on Saturday, December 21st.

Tell us about Weird Hot.

Justin: WH is as close to a motorcycle gang as I’ve ever been in.

Jenny: Weird Hot is a 6 piece dance band who wants you to shed your inhibitions

Shawn: Weird Hot is my band.  we love you.  we want you to love us back.

Describe the band’s music.

Jenny: Even when the  lyrics evoke a haunted sadness, the overall vibe of the music invites you to dance.

Justin:  dancey – most of the time, new wave – often, rocking – at times, void of humor – never.

Shawn: I call it pop music because the songs tend to be short pop songs. Little 3 minute numbers with verses and choruses. The genre shifts and evolves.  i think we may be finding our sound.

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Photo by: Mike Trutt

What themes and concepts do the lyrics generally revolve around?

Shawn: we used to sing about a lot of degradation and desperation in the past.  more recently, we’ve been singing about fairies, and goblins and shit.

Justin: life’s blemishes, life’s sparkly moments.

What instrument(s) do you play?

Justin: bass

Jenny: vocals and percussion

Shawn: lead vocal rhythm guitar

What are you currently working on?

Justin: preparing for some upcoming shows, recording, writing new music – pretty much the cocktail we’ve been drinking for some time

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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

Jenny: We burn sage. We eat pork rinds.

Shawn: Lately, I’ve been going to our studio, and recording simple 4 track demos of the songs i currently have stuck in my head/phone.

Justin: if I’m writing complementary parts for someone else’s ideas, I simply stop playing and drive somewhere. This almost always lets me know what a song needs… at least from my department.

What’s your music background?

Shawn: I’ve been writing and performing and recording songs for longer than i care to admit.  I play all of the instruments of rock and roll just well enough to rock.  i also play the saxophone, terribly.

Justin: high school… marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, indoor percussion. Since then, a lot of non-high school affiliated bands.

What’s inspiring you?

Justin: my wasted 20s have inspired my 30s profoundly

Shawn:  playing music together as often as we do and still liking it/each other.  I find that pretty inspiring.

Jenny: Birds.

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Photo by: Mike Trutt

Do you have any shows coming up / past shows you’d like to mention?

Justin: Absolutely. WH at Boot And Saddle in S. Philly on Saturday,

December 21st.

Is any of your music political?

Justin: No.

Shawn:  all of our songs are at least a little political.

What are you trying to communicate with your music?

Shawn: The only hope for our planet is love.  If we can all love one another, this humanity will be worth continuing.  Otherwise, not so much. All of our songs may not say that, but they are thinking it.

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Photo by: Mike Trutt

What is one of the biggest challenges you face as a musician?

Jenny: Staying in love with each other.

Justin: Other musicians.

Shawn: Continuing to entertain the little itches so that they can grow up and become songs.

How has your music changed over time?

Shawn: I thing the lyrics have grown up a bit.  I also think the music sounds more like we are sort of writing it together, because we are sort of writing it together.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?

Justin: furniture making, if that counts.

Jenny: Painting.

Shawn: Scrimshaw.

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What are some misconceptions people often have about you?

Jenny: I’m shyer than people think I am.

What are a few of your favorite spots in your area?

Jenny: John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, top of the art museum stairs, the Wissahickon.

Shawn: Any place that is falling apart, so most of Philadelphia, I guess.

Favorite artists and why?

Jenny: Soutine-The hands and the full and empty eyes.

Shawn: I love whoever is going around spray painting this line drawing of a duck’s head all over this town.. That person.

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Photo by: Mike Trutt

Musicians you most admire:

Justin: David Bowie. David Byrne. Peter Gabriel. Mick Karn. John Taylor.

Shawn:  Scott Walker, Dee Dee Ramone, John Lurie, Neil Young, Nick Cave.

Jenny: the Boswell Sisters they were such a force of nature that the producers couldn’t stop them from using their own vocal arrangements UNHEARD OF at that time even for male vocalists.

What are you reading?

Justin: I just finished both ?uestlove and John Taylor’s autobiographies.

Jenny: The Essential Earthman by Henry Mitchell.

Shawn: Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Favorite authors, fiction:

Justin: Does historic fiction count? I’ve long had a thing for Vidal’s historic novels.

Shawn: Tristan Egolf

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What are you listening to these days?

Shawn: From Genesis to Revelation by Genesis (1969), Under The Bushes, Under The Stars by Guided By Voices, Scott 4 by Scott Walker.

Justin: Simple Minds, Galactic, Kris Kristofferson

What was the first piece of music you bought? Do you remember?

Justin: Bought? No. Received? Yes. It was Zeppelin IV and The Beach Boys Love You on 8-track handed down from my brother.

Jenny: Styx-The Grand Illusion, Kansas-Point of No Return (bought the same day, hahaha)

Shawn: Like A Virgin by Madonna.  an LP, vinyl, new, at a record store.

Your website(s): http://www.weirdhot.net

Header photo by: Mike Trutt

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