Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hot Seconds Live

Hot Seconds: January 9 @ Mercury Lounge, New York, NY

I experienced and enjoyed my first concert outing in the new year. I braved the cold weather and went down to Mercury Lounge to catch Hot Seconds this past Friday. Who better to warm up a cold night? When I last saw them perform back in October, I noted that they were a tight unit. They still are. This time, they were even tighter!

They started their ten song, 45 minute set with "Pieces Of You" and just didn't let up. All of the favorites were played. Plus, we were treated to some new songs ... huzzah! Can you tell I'm excited about the new songs? No? Well, I am! If all of their new stuff sounds like the ones played at this show, then I'm going to have a new favorite album when they release these songs. The first new song of the night was "Born Again," a surging mid-tempo rocker. And, I got to hear "Gone To Ground" again ... yep, I'm a happy camper.

Now, I'm going to hang my head in shame for a moment. I'm embarrassed to admit this but, I tend to neglect drummers. It's nothing personal, I'm just more of a guitar fan. Sorry drummers of the world! However, I can't be neglectful this time. I have to show some love to drummer Ian Hudgins who was back there playing like he was put in charge of a Hot Seconds plot to take over the world. All I can say is, damn! Toss bassist Bob Toria into the brutal rhythm assault, add in Marcel Simoneau with his various implements (keyboards, tambourine & megaphone) and a couple of guitars courtesy of Eran Westwood (lead) and James Love (rhythm) and voilà, the world and me conquered, or did I just surrender? Either way, the proverbial Hot Seconds flag was planted declaring this land, or at least the Mercury Lounge stage, theirs.

Their defining conquer the world moment of the night happened when they ripped into "When I Go" which came complete with a harmonica solo. Simply put, they rocked the hell out of the song. They rocked it like unrepentant rock stars on a mission to corrupt the masses, turning us into rock 'n' roll heathens. Oh yeah, it was that good. It's a dance yourself into a frenzied, hot, sweaty mess song and was my favorite of the night.

It was fun show. Someone lit their fire and they burned the place up. I only wished they could have done a few more songs. I had a blast and look forward to seeing them again ... they were hot, and I could use seconds. Yeah, that last line was pretty cheesy, wasn't it?

Set List
  • Pieces Of You
  • Can't Stop
  • Born Again
  • We Met Before
  • Rooftop
  • Clam Man
  • Holy Moly
  • When I Go
  • Went To India
  • Gone To Ground
The dark and grainy video ...
(We'll pretend I was being artistically adventurous ... yeah, let's go with that!)
Hot Seconds - Born Again (live)

Hot Seconds - Holy Moly (live)


All Photos: © L.R. Adams