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Interview:
Hot Hot Heat benefits from having own recording studio
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Modern rockers Hot Hot Heat made their new album, “Future Breeds,” at their own studio in downtown Vancouver, which they built on an entire floor of “an old, apparently haunted office building,” according to guitarist Luke Paquin.

“I guess somebody fell down the elevator shaft when they were building it,” Paquin, 32, explains. “The people who work on the floor he fell from say there’s still creepy noises, and there’s this old janitor guy who’s convinced the story is true and he’s hung out with the ghost.”

Hot Hot Heat has not enjoyed the spirit’s company, however. “I haven’t really discussed it with him,” Paquin cracks. “I don’t think we’re his genre.”

Having the studio, however, did give the quartet a different kind of luxury in making “Future Breeds” that Paquin hopes will be even more pronounced in the future.

“It started to feel like (making albums) was a bit of a tedious process,” the guitarist, who resides in Los Angeles, explains. “We needed to get to where we were in a self-sufficient place where we could record and rehearse and basically get to do it all ourselves.

“Now that we have that system set up, we can just put out records quicker and better than ever. Now that we have our own studio, we have no excuse not to put out stuff more often, so that’s basically the goal.”



Hot Hot Heat and Hey Rosetta! perform Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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