After writing their latest album, “Happiness Ltd.,” while on the road promoting its predecessors, Canadian rockers Hot Hot Heat no longer consider touring a distraction from the creative process.
“We’re definitely more appreciative of touring now,” says frontman Steve Bays. “We’re less, ‘Oh, this is brutally exhausting.’ Now we’re like, ‘We can’t believe this is our third (nationally distributed) album we’re touring on.’
“So now we’re more grateful, more in the zone ’cause we’re a little older. We’re starting to request other countries. We want to do Moscow and South America, as many different places as we can. We just want to travel more now.”
Bays, 29, and company are also hoping to work toward their next album, as they did with “Happiness Ltd.” — which launched the modern rock radio hits “Give Up?” and “Let Me In.” Speed is an issue, he says, but so is creative focus.
“We want to write, like, a statement, a manifesto, that defines the direction of the next record,” Bays explains. “We always stumble into the next record, like, three-quarters of the way through and wind up having a lot of songs that don’t really fit that direction.
“So we want to have a real statement, maybe six words, that defines the whole album, and that way every time we rehearse or we’re writing we can say, ‘Does it fit into this?’ That’s the goal, at least. I don’t know if it will work out that way, but we’ll try.”
Hot Hot Heat headlines this year’s New Year’s Eve Rock ’n’ Roll Ball on Tuesday (Dec. 31) at the Hyatt Regency, 600 Town Center Drive, Dearborn. One Man’s Opinion, the Delivery and DJ Gabe Real will also perform. Basic admission is $40; a $75 VIP package includes drinks. Call (313) 298-7999 or visit www.89xradio.com.
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