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"The Heatseekers- In Praise of (Ohev)"

From the first label with brains enough to sign bandaged Canuck hitmakers Hot Hot Heat comes another potential monster- Florida's own Heatseekers. I know man, Florida. Old people and death metal. Well, forget all that, ya provincial bully, because rising outta the swamps (or the air conditioned strip malls, wherever) is a swanky new sound, one fulla rattlesnake bluster and black leather attitude and the kinda shameless danceability that drives yr girlfriend to distraction. Granted, garage rock is all the rage these daze ,and this does make me think of that one commercial with the college jerks vandalizing the laundromat, but just cuz it's popular don't mean it ain't good- and the Heatseekers, baby, are more then good- they're about this fuckin' close to outright goddamn fabulous. "In Praise of" is pure sweat and swagger, with riffs constructed by old scraps of Sonics and New York Dolls and Ramones riffs, all shook up and feeling friendly. It's got hooks galore, testifying vocals, a haughty snarl or two, and the unmistakable stench of sex and Saturday night. The Mummies-fied surfpunkin' instromental "Creep Along With X Ray" is a standout, as is it's very Swedish-sounding cock n roll follow-up, "New (Old) Sound", but really, finding a bad track on here ain't easy. If the garage rock trend continues for another 6 months, then yr least favorite loud mouth DJ is gonna be shoving these cats down yr throat every ten minutes by summertime, but for now, freak freely and indulge often, because the Heatseekers know how to really tear it up. And yeah, I know I just indulged their smart-assness by praising the band that named their record "In Praise of", but what the hell. Sometimes a plan just falls together perfectly. -

"The Heatseekers "in praise of" OHEV records"

The Revival of Garage rock was a pleasant feeling for me. Finally, some ballsy rock was being made, unfortunately some bands got more recognition for it than others. The Heatseekers are a band that definitely compare to a band whom I love greatly, The Mooney Suzuki.

The Heatseekers don't hold back and just rock out like they should. Spread throughout the release a few short instrumentals, which help tie the album together. Garage Rock always sounds cool when it's instrumental.
Every member of the band contributes with vocals and back up vocals. It reminds me of a more ballsy version of the Selby Tigers, another garage-esque band who I love.
The best track on this highly underrated album would be The Strangler. With high pitched guitars, an ample amount of drums, kickass lyrics, this song just blows me away.

One of the cooler tracks is the last song on the album, which is a cover, the song Brand New Year by the Stuns was covered and done well. It just encompasses all the aspects of what garage is. Crunchy guitars, heavy bass lines. It's a solid song.

This CD surprised the hell out of me. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I'm picky when it comes to garage rock, and this definitely is a rocking disc.

Reviewed by: Chris Buehler
Reviewed on: February 3, 2004


"In Praise Of..." full length CD on OHEV records


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So the Heatseekers claim to be "first class rock 'n' roll." Sure, them a cajillion other "garage rock revival" bands, right? So what makes them first class, riding shotgun and not stuck in coach with the scores of tenth-rate Stooges/Velvets clones? Two things, really: punk and soul. Rather than wasting time in front of the mirror, trying to get that scraggled look (you really think the Strokes just got out of bed?), the Heatseekers are busy belting out tunes that pay equal homage to the Who, the Ramones, AC/DC, and Otis Redding. The Fort Lauderdale-based four-piece comprising Owen Von Heatseeker (lead vocals/lead guitar), Terra Marie (bass), Chuck Loose (drums), and Chris Maggio (rhythm guitar) has proven its worth over the past three years with an unyielding penchant for straight-shooting, unaffected raw energy (i.e., music that doesn't agree with the popular mandate that boredom sells)....

The Heatseekers play rock and roll! At least that's what the drunk guy at their show said. I think