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Taking late-1970s/early-'80s acts such as XTC and the Jam as inspiration, Hot Hot Heat mixes formidable melodies, post-punk aggression, New Wave quirkiness, and a contemporary indie-rock sensibility into an irresistible package. ELEVATOR is HOT Hot Heat's major-label debut, and offers a streamlined take on the qualities heard on their excellent efforts MAKE UP THE BREAKDOWN and the KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK EP. The first two tracks after "Introduction," ("Running Out of Time" and "Goodnight Goodnight") practically knock the listener to the floor with their catchy hooks and exuberant energy.

The group has honed its neo-New Wave attack to an economic precision on ELEVATOR. Most songs clock in at less than three minutes, and each balances tunefulness and spiky punk-pop vitality. The herky-jerky feel of the moody, chant-driven "Ladies and Gentlemen" and "You Owe Me an IOU," the album's first single, are particularly memorable. On this record, the band plays in the big leagues, and this is most apparent in the glossy production of the accessible ballad "Jingle Jangle." However, the memorable "Island of the Honest Man" and the anthemic "Pickin' It Up" should satisfy longtime fans of Hot Hot Heat's edgy sound.

1. Introduction
2. Running Out of Time
3. Goodnight Goodnight
4. Ladies and Gentlemen
5. You Owe Me an Iou
6. No Jokes - Fact
7. Jingle Jangle
8. Pickin' It Up
9. Island of the Honest Man
10. Middle of Nowhere
11. Dirty Mouth
12. Soldier in a Box
13. Untitled
14. Shame on You
15. Elevator

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  • Store location: Upper Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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