Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival 2022 : live reviewWho:

Hotwax are three 17-year-old grrrls from Hastings who have fast-forwarded from their grunge roots to create this stunning new musical landscape. they have retained the corrosive raw power of their punkier trips but added space sand texture and rhythm to the sound and created an astonishing new musical landscape that is a giant leap forward from their admittedly already great former youthful selves that have already been released on Evil Blizzard’s label and raved about here


Yet another great all-girl band pushing the musical narrative forward, Hotwax are going to be big. They have the songs that come armed with mighty choruses, they have the inventiveness to stake out their own sound and they are all brilliant players.

Hotwax are ripping up the template and ripping up stages with a thrilling deconstruction of their grunge roots into a post-punk landscape.

They have the firepower of the grunge pioneers but there are also many moments of reinvention where they create their own sonic landscape. This is what makes Hotwax startlingly important. They strip away the noise with an inventive brilliance. There is a post-punk adventure where they take a song down to a clipped hi-hat or another that is built around an inventive bass. They break the norm and their music is full of surprising and effective twists and turns that somehow manages to create a new landscape in guitar music.


Where : Hotwax bandcamp


For sure they deal in intense anthems with huge choruses dealing with life, like on their upcoming single that roars like Hole did a long time ago.  The band deliver their songs of modern-day girl life shouting back at the stupid world and standing up for themselves in the grand old tradition of female grrrl power. The band’s musicianship is off the scale – the bass is doing things I’ve never heard before, the guitar switches pedals to create nuance, tension and texture, the drums keep the power but never do the obvious thing and the vocals are thrilling and from the gut.

Just when you thought everything had been done someone comes and reinvents the wheel yet again. 

Hotwax are the latest new future in the new century music narrative. 

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