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Hot Knives - Hot Knives (2014) review

Hot Knives "Hot Knives"  (Got Kinda Lost Records {Limited Edition Bonus Pack}, 2014)

   Got Kinda Lost Records recently released a very well crafted release full of details and with an incredible liner notes about a less known folk-rock / power pop combo from San Francisco. In their time they only released two singles, but some time ago a friend label (Grown Up Wrong! Records) of aforementioned Got Kinda Lost Records found and prepared a CD release of Hot Knives' complete recorded works, which was discovered through an interview of one of their members.

   Hot Knives were a bit too late to catch original hippie train. Formation took place in San Francisco around 1972. Two singles were pressed, leaving a whole lot of material behind, buried for years to come. Their sound was influenced by early folk groups and later by lysergic West coast bands like Moby Grape. The band consists of co-vocalists Michael and Debra Houpt - brother and sister originally coming from New Town, Pennsylvania, where they were influenced by folk groups like Peter, Paul & Mary and others.
   In 1969 duo moved to San Francisco, where Houpt first came in contact with "Flamin' Groovies" and when '70s arrived Tim Lynch (guitar/vocals) and Danny Mihm (drums) of "Flamin Groovies" joined Houpt brother & sister and with addition of incredible bass player, Ed Wilson the band was formed and material started popping out, but only two singles were originally released, which are both included here. What we have on this compilation is a whole bunch of pretty intense material, which is mostly credited to Michael Houpt. People would say this is just another band, that were too late to be part of original "West coast sound" and are probably quite mediocre, but that's far from the truth.
   Hot Knives had members, whose influences and experiences varied and the result were Moby Grape/Jefferson Airplane inspired band with quite strange guitar work and absolutely crazy drumming, over the top there are vocals, which are perhaps the most prominent like Lynch once stated. I would say, there is something more to this songs, which I really can't describe with words. It's like major '60s characterized sound spiced with '70s and at times it also resembles to another lost psychedelic classic - Inside The Shadow by Anonymous. Got Kinda Lost Records also prepared a special limited edition vinyl bonus pack, which includes three 1.5" custom-made buttons in custom-packaging, and professionally-produced reproductions of original promo photos and flyers. I sometimes wonder when there will be a point where quality lost material won't see the light. That day might come, but not with Hot Knives release, not even close. I'm positively impressed by the strong material and have to give good points to Jeremy Cargill for his devotion and professional work on this vinyl release. Things like this keep us music freaks busy.

Review made by Klemen Breznikar/2014
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hot knife said...

Very happy to hear that you enjoyed the music!

Jim Parrett said...

Great album that slowly draws you in. Catchy as hell and rocks, too.