Hot Hot Heat are an indie-rock band from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. They formed in 1999 as a synthpunk band with Matt Marnik, who eventually left the band, on lead vocals. Steve Bays (vocals and keyboards) took over lead vocals, significantly changing the band's sound. The rest of the band is currently composed of Paul Hawley (drums), Parker Bossley (bass), and Luke Paquin (guitar). Paquin replaced former guitarist, Dante DeCaro, while Bossley recently replaced bassist Dustin Hawthorne. The band's name was contrived by drummer Paul Hawley.
Their first full-length CD was Scenes One Through Thirteen (2001) which comprised all of the three prior EPs released to that point. Spring of 2002 saw the band releasing another EP entitled Knock Knock Knock. Also that same year the band entered the studio to record their second full length major label debut for Sub-Pop Records, entitled Make Up The Breakdown, which broke them into the greater consciousness of music culture. MUTBD grasped the attention of Sire Records and they moved to the major label. Shortly after the move, the band released their first music video, Bandages, which got air play on channels such as MTV.
In 2005, the band released their second album, Elevator, on Sire Records. This was a critical time in the band's history because Dante DeCaro (guitar) decided to leave the band. As one of the innovators of Hot Hot Heat's sound, the band considered breaking up. Wanting to continue the band, Luke Paquin was to be DeCaro's replacment. Although Elevator was recorded with DeCaro, Paquin is featured on the album art.
In 2007, Hot Hot Heat released their third studio album, Happiness Ltd. to eager awaiting fans. The band decided to add new elements to their music, including an orchestra. "Vibe" is constantly used by the band to describe everything about the album.
Hot Hot Heat signed with Los Angeles indie label Dangerbird Records and released Future Breeds in the summer of 2010.
Hot Hot Heat is a Canadian alternative rock band formed in 1999 from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.