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Hot Flash Heat Wave

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco indie-rock quartet Hot Flash Heat Wave rose to prominence in the Bay Area music scene in 2015 with the release of their 'Gutter Girl' music video from their debut album Neapolitan which was uploaded to YouTube and eventually made its way to the front page of Reddit. Their versatile sound at times reminiscent of 60s power pop dream pop post-punk and indie rock demonstrates a dynamic range of songwriting prowess centered around consistently infectious sun-soaked melodies and guitar hooks. HFHW formed in Davis California as a noise collaboration between Adam Abildgaard and Nick Duffy in 2010 expanding to a full band when bassist Ted Davis and guitarist Nathaniel Blum joined the group in the following years. Renouncing the traditional front-manned format of most contemporary bands the four instead each contribute songs and share the lead. In 2017 HFHW released their sophomore album Soaked with OIM Records which charted on college radio in the U.S. Their first single from that record 'Bye Bye Baby' appeared on Canada's Viral 50 Spotify playlist. 

These four early-to-mid 20-somethings from Davis, California are bucking the trend, one catchy guitar riff at a time. Whether they know it or not, Hot Flash Heat Wave may be one of the last of its kind in San Francisco.
— Paste