Starting life as a Weezer tribute act, Hot Puds have taken that sound and hammered the hell out of it leaving a beautiful mix of the pop of Weezer and the distortion and noise of bands like Dinosaur Jr. With a strict rule of no song lasting more than two minutes, there’s never a chance for a song to outstay its welcome and it lends a nice flow to the EP.
‘My Beans’ mixes soft, almost whispered vocals with the blanket of noise that you will come to know and love from Hot Puds. It’s hard not to compare parts to Weezer such as the group vocal mixing with the haggard guitar solo in ‘My Beans’ but it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s more a sound they’ve used as a base for a larger sound and a sound they can call their own.
On the face of it, ‘Acrobat’ shouldn’t work with its wonky rhythm guitar, janky guitar solos, and a vocal which is far from the kind of perfection some bands go for nowadays but it just works. It has a garage band written all over it and listening to Hot Puds’ EP puts you right there in the practice room with them with its raw sound.
Overall, Hot Puds’ self-titled EP is as raw as they come and has all the charm of their influences Weezer but all the power and grit of early Goo Goo Dolls. As a debut, it’s a strong start and I for one am excited to see where they take their own brand of dirty power pop.