Hot Lunch - Self Titled (CD) Cover Art

Hot Lunch - Self Titled (CD)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2013
Catalog number: TPE-155-2
Fused together with shards of the bands Parchman Farm, The Fells and Mensclub, Hot Lunch generates fuzzed out rock with the energy of punk. Frontman Eric Shea’s thick, unsteady vocal style is reminiscent of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, while Aaron Nudelman (guitar), bassist Charlie Karr and drummer Rob Elper kick out epic garage jammage in the tradition of the MC5 and Blue Cheer. Recorded on 2-inch tape to capture that analog glow, the “Hot Lunch” album isn’t nearly as subtle as a dump truck plummeting down the side of an erupting volcano. Album opener “Handy Denny” is the type of ditty Black Sabbath would have put down in 1970 if it were a skate/punk band. All the requisite aggression is here, but these guys can actually play, albeit with the proper dose of abandon.

“She Wants More” and “Monks on the Moon” are the kind of heavy-groove riff rock that fans of Kyuss have been longing for. The album’s biggest curve ball is a blistering cover of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Knife Edge” (yes, it works). Any band that can cover a prog classic and make it simmer deserves a spot at the table, but these guys seem to be having so much fun, that they’d do it whether you like it or not.

San Francisco’s Hot Lunch hearken back to those wild and wooly days (of Blue Cheer, The MC5, and The Stooges), without falling into the trap of being another boring retro hard rock band. Their music contains a fair amount of bite and aggression, and they have two not-so-secret weapons that separate them from the pack. First, vocalist Eric Shea can really belt it out, with equal parts grit and smoothness, depending on what the song needs. And guitarist Aaron Nudelman stomps on his pedals and let’s the fuzz fly, whether on monster riffs, or cutting loose with a bunch of searing solos. Add to this a fine flair for song craft, and you have a potential monster band here.