-Hot Hot Heat
When I first started looking into this foursome from Corona, California, I didn't really think about their name. It took until the point of actual e-mail correspondence that I considered it. While it looks and sound like a normal--albeit awesome--word, "haznaut" is actually a complete invention. And that sums up the band, really. While the first few riffs sound like a typical--albeit awesome-- indie rock band, there's really nothing in the dictionary for them.
Citing The Strokes as a major musical influence, they're bound to draw comparison to the type of bands known for their enthusiastic enuui, like the Libertines and Arctic Monkeys. It's punkish indie rock with the kind of non-stop energy that makes you want to be a drummer. Or a speed freak. But there's something else there, a heated intensity that sets them apart. With their riotous guitar riffs and in-your-face vocals, there's almost a glimpse of early-90s metal-rock a la Faith No More. It's not a combination you'd think to try but it goes down well.
They're currently in Nashville recording their first EP. I for one will be looking forward to it. And if you're anywhere near them in the next few months, do what you can to check out a live show. Something tells me it would be a good one.
Stalk online on their reverbnation (infinitely better than myspace--why does that still exist?), facebook, and website