Hot Snakes

Hot Snakes are recording a new album. Singing Serpent Studio revealed in a Facebook post that the band recorded some songs in February for what will be their first full-length album since 2004’s Audit in Progress. The band also recorded a couple of tracks in Philadelphia at the end of 2016 and intend to have at least one more recording session before the end of the year. In a phone interview, guitarist John Reis says that the group began recording without any immediate expectations.

“We just kind of wanted to take it slow,” he says. “The band is separated by thousands of miles. We went to Philly and recorded some songs. Then we returned to San Diego and recorded some more songs. The goal was to just see what would transpire—keep it loose.”

So far, Hot Snakes have recorded eight songs and will finish up what will be their next album in the coming months with all of the musicians who have been a part of the band in the past: Reis, vocalist Rick Froberg, bassist Gar Wood and drummers Jason Kourkounis and Mario Rubalcaba. Reis says there was no leftover material from before they first stopped performing in 2006, and everything they’ve recorded is brand new.

“Some of them were written immediately before we started recording,” he says. “It feels pretty new and fresh.”

So far, Hot Snakes haven’t shared any of the new songs or played them live, though Reis says that while they do share a lot in common with old Hot Snakes songs, the new material does indicate a shift in direction.

“It’s varied from song to song,” he says. “I think the dissonant parts are more dissonant. But then the more conventional parts are more conventional. It feels unique to us. The goal is to make the best record we possibly can.”

Psych punk grunge post future rock + roll whatever band born and raised in LA, CA and taking the world by storm with the wild energy of their live shows and with their Ty Segall produced, self-titled debut LP, released in Spring 2016 on Castle Face Records (LP/CD) and Burger Records (cassette). Sophomore album due out Spring 2018!!!

Matt Lamkin and The Fast Foods

Matt Lamkin grew up in North County, attending Torrey Pines High School in the late ’90s. His band the Muslims made waves in San Diego before moving to L.A. in 2007 and evolving into the Soft Pack. “I got a job connected with my degree [in film],” said Lamkin at the time. “It’s not like we’re moving up there to get signed.”

After the Soft Pack split, Lamkin moved to San Antonio de las Minas, in the Valle de Guadalupe wine country area near Ensenada, where he formed a solo band with Andrew Montoya and Jeremy Rojas, formerly of the Sess. The band has also included Ensenada musicians like Kathia Rudametkin (viola), David Martinez (keys), Ryan McReynolds (drones and percussion), and Sebastian Denegri (drum machine and synths).

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