On Friday, January 19th 2018 Hot Snakes entire discography -- Automatic Midnight, Suicide
Invoice, and Audit in Progress will be reissued on CD, vinyl and cassette worldwide through Sub Pop. The first pressing of the LP reissues of these albums will be on coloured vinyl Automatic Midnight on orange, Suicide Invoice on yellow, and Audit in Progress on pink and each album will come with its own, new set of 6 stickers designed by the band’s Rick Froberg. This will be the first time any of these albums have been available on cassette.
Automatic Midnight, Hot Snakes’ first studio album, originally came out in 2000. Both the band and the album began as a side project for John Reis in June 1999, during time off from his main band Rocket From the Crypt. Reis wrote and recorded a batch of songs in San Diego with Delta 72 drummer Jason Kourkounis. To provide vocals for the tracks Reis called in Rick Froberg, whom he had played with in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu from 1986 to 1995. Most of the material from these sessions was used to create Automatic Midnight, which became the first release for Reis' newly formed Swami Records label. The band’s sound represented a return to the unrealised past of its members: direct, undraped and rock ‘n’ roll while still maintaining the dense and turbulent character of the members’ previous work. In April or May of 2000, Hot Snakes added bassist Gar Wood, found their live sound and established themselves as primo, down-stroke warlords.
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