30 January 2019


Benefitted supremely from a filthy recording, HOT TIP create a whirlwind of sound on their 2014 demo. A sonic cacophony in line with early '90s MOHINDER/HEROIN chaos, but with a devastating AmRep bass rumble and a casual caterwaul posing as vocal presentation, this upstate New York group makes you feel tense from the inside out. There was a much more polished full length recording that came out a couple of years after this tape that shows what HOT TIP were going for - meticulously constructed and wholly engaging rough indie with guitar leads taking a front seat as much as the vocals, more than a slight dusting of YEAH YEAH YEAHS over the top. It's super good, but the two releases present very differently...and I will almost always choose the dirty road. 

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