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The development of The Hot at Nights parallels that of the world’s most potentially destructive climatic occurrence: Global Warming. They are heavily influenced by the origins of jazz at the turn of the century, emblazoned by the raw and unbridled freedom of the 50′s and 60′s, and electrified by the external forcings of the 80′s. Chris Boerner (The Foreign Exchange, Freeman, Hiss Golden Messenger) on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas (The Mountain Goats, The Rosebuds, Erin McKeown) on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio (Jeanne Jolly, The Foreign Exchange) on drums & keyboards make up the triumvirate of change. Even though there is a tiny contingency of Hot at Nights deniers, real and proven science has determined that they do, in fact, exist on a catastrophic level.
Their latest project, Cool It, is a collection of 5 reinterpretations of songs by other bands born from the fruitful North Carolina music scene. It features songs by Sylvan Esso, Future Islands, Hammer No More The Fingers, Bowerbirds, and Delta Rae. Performed live in the studio at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium, each performance was captured as a live video as well. With these 5 wonderful songs the band is able to stretch and deconstruct in a way that still preserves the essence of each song. This project is as much an homage to music from North Carolina as it is a strong artistic statement displaying the bands ability to arrange popular music for this ensemble.
The Hot at Nights are Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, and Nick Baglio. They came together in the Summer of 2010 to explore the sonic possibilities of an 8-string guitar-centered trio. Their first release, Nice Talk, was released in 2011. In 2012, they toured with producer Nicolay (The Foreign Exchange) in support of their collaborative recording Shibuya Session EP, where they played such notable venues as the Blue Note in NYC, Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C., and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. They followed in 2013 with the critically acclaimed ¡Try This!. They live and perform out of Raleigh, NC.
“tripping the space between rock, pop and jazz”
“They continue to push the boundaries of jazz outward”
“What makes ¡Try This! so impressive is that the band has recast modern jazz to include shards of other genres.”