Hot Suede – Hot Suede

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Self-released
Released: 2019
Buy Album: Not available yet
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/hotsuede/

Band Line-up:

Bobby W. Topaz – Vocals
Doug Nelson – Guitar
Scott Reed – Guitar
Brett Southard – Drums
Chad Toney – Bass

Tracklisting:

1. Roll A Bone
2. The Otherside
3. Forget About You
4. Get What You Came For
5. Watch Me Burn
6. 
Make It Harder
7. Got It Made
8. Interlude
9. Tell Me
10. Occasional Lover
11. The Trail
12. Good Maroon

Review:

Hot Suede are a modern rock ’n’ roll quintet from Kansas City. They have a 70s and 80s classic sound and have been inspired by bands such as Queen. Their song ‘Good Maroon’ is also a nod to Pink Floyd. Furthermore, the musicians often take influence from 90s style crunchy riffing; the kind of stuff that Queens of the Stone Age and Soundgarden employ, to be precise. The production is pristine, in part because of the skilled drumming of Brett Southard.

A mixture of three decades of genres may sound cluttered and strange, but actually everything sounds 100% natural. But then again, bands like QotSA were heavily inspired by 70s/80s music themselves. They’re not exactly pioneers in the same way Korn were; if they were HS in turn would be far more striking. However, the latter’s occasional use of slightly unusual guitar effects at times does give them a more modern flavour, but don’t expect the unusual rhythms and time signatures of 90s SG. HS also don’t have the grunge band’s songwriting skills, but then again, not many do.

Instead of the tracks in this self-titled album being timelessly sophisticated, it could be said that they are more for partying to and creating a great, fun though far from cheesy atmosphere. There’s nothing wrong with that all. The guitar solos here are far from spectacular, but they are perfectly competent. Being self-indulgent is often off-putting for many, so once again, Suede should be highly people pleasing. The singer’s voice isn’t as confident and rich as Chris Cornell’s was, but his delivery is effortlessly in tune and full of life.

In conclusion, despite the apparent three decades of influences Hot Suede draw upon, they mostly write in a very safe way that is rather cliched and retro sounding, without doing much at all to truly stand out. The riffs whilst rocking and plentiful, are particularly stereotypical. However, if you miss the sounds of the past and want to live/relive a perhaps nicer time, you can do a lot worse than with these people. Like much of Aerosmith’s material, HS’s sound is kind of chilled out and cool, and that can only be a good thing.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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