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Band of the Week: HotBed

Published on Sunday, April 23, 2017 by Don Naman

HotBed spent several years performing around the Birmingham music scene as indie-rock band Giants & Toys.  Seeking a new direction and style, the Birmingham natives formed HotBed in November 2015. Not long after, they made the momentous decision to quit their day jobs and make music a full-time project. They took a break from playing shows to write new material, hone their skills, and rearrange the band members. Then, during the summer and fall of 2016, the guys began an ambitious tour that included 63 shows in 16 states.


HotBed (lead singer Michael Messina, bassist James Vance, and drummer Jack Kish) are now set to release their debut LP Heart Beats Strange on April 26th. The album was recorded in June 2016 with Chris Rowell at Hidden Window in Avondale. Heart Beats Strange was cut live to accentuate the band’s strongest asset – their live performances. That live sound and energy clearly comes through on the LP.  The whole album features melodic rock-and-roll that has an undeniable appeal. You can hear it all in the first single from Heart Beats Strange, "Oh My My." A music video that reflects the energy of the song and Hotbed’s love of Birmingham was released on April 3rd.


The final product shows just how far Hotbed has come in a short period of time. "Writing is a collaborative process. Each member has input, and the final track has parts that each member has brought forward," explained Messina. Their relentless drive and extensive touring have no doubt bonded the band members. It takes courage to drop everything and pursue your passion in life. We've enjoyed watching HotBed chase their dream and couldn't be more proud of the success they've achieved.  


An LP release party will be held at The Nick on April 26th. This show is the first of many on a tour to support the release of the album. Heart Beats Strange will be available on CD and all major online streaming services on April 26th.

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