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Hot Rod Circuit



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Hometown: New Haven, CT (USA)

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Originally from Auburn, AL, Hot Rod Circuit comprised Andy Jackson (vocal, rhythm guitar), Casey Prestwood (lead guitar, vocals), Jay Russel (bass, vocals), and Wes Cross (drums), and could be compared to other post–grunge emo rock bands such as Jawbox and the Get Up Kids. In their earlier days, Hot Rod Circuit was known as Antidote, under which name they released the album Mr. Glenbowski. The album earned the group a 1998 Best Unsigned Band Award from Musician magazine. Shortly after the award, they named themselves Hot Rod Circuit, and with the change in name came a change in scenery, as the band relocated to Connecticut. There they released their debut album, 1999's If I Knew Now What I Knew Then, through New York–based Triple Crown under their new moniker. To promote the album the group toured with the Get Up Kids, Jazz June, and At the Drive–In before following up with If It's Cool with You It's Cool with Me in fall 2000.

In spring 2002, Hot Rod Circuit released Sorry About Tomorrow, their first for Vagrant, while that fall Triple Crown issued Been There, Smoked That, a compilation of sorts that contained an out of print self–titled EP from 1999 along with other previously unreleased early material. Tours with acts like Dashboard Confessional and Saves the Day supported their records on the road, as the guys began writing new material inspired by the college rock they grew up on, like the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., and the Lemonheads. Their resulting more matured Vagrant follow–up, Reality's Coming Through, was produced by Tim O'Heir and surfaced in August 2004. Tour dates with Straylight Run, Piebald, and the Snake the Cross the Crown followed, along with a spot on 2005's Bamboozle Festival. Russel exited the band that June, forcing the guys to drop off the Get Up Kids' farewell tour. By fall 2006, Hot Rod Circuit had found a new label home at Immortal Records and released The Underground Is a Dying Breed in March 2007. By then, the quartet comprised Jackson and Prestwood alongside bassist Joe Balaro and drummer Dan Duggins.

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Reviews

Hot Rod Circuit / Cartel live in Cambridge

Hot Rod Circuit / Cartel

live in Cambridge (2011)

live show

Hot Rod Circuit The Underground Is a Dying Breed

Hot Rod Circuit

The Underground Is a Dying Breed (2007)

Immortal

Hot Rod Circuit / Crime in Stereo live in New York

Hot Rod Circuit / Crime in Stereo

live in New York (2007)

live show

Saves The Day / Hot Rod Circuit live in New York City

Saves The Day / Hot Rod Circuit

live in New York City (2004)

live show

Hot Rod Circuit Reality's Coming Through

Hot Rod Circuit

Reality's Coming Through (2004)

Vagrant

Hot Rod Circuit / The Reunion Show / Bleach live in Atlanta

Hot Rod Circuit / The Reunion Show / Bleach

live in Atlanta (2003)

live show

Hot Rod Circuit/Plain White T's/Tsunami Bomb live in Chicago

Hot Rod Circuit/Plain White T's/Tsunami Bomb

live in Chicago (2003)

live show

Brand New / Hot Rod Circuit / Eisley live in Seattle

Brand New / Hot Rod Circuit / Eisley

live in Seattle (2003)

live show

Brand New / Hot Rod Circuit / Eisley live in Lawrence

Brand New / Hot Rod Circuit / Eisley

live in Lawrence (2003)

live show

Get Up Kids/Superchunk/Hot Rod Circuit live in Norfolk

Get Up Kids/Superchunk/Hot Rod Circuit

live in Norfolk (2002)

live show

Get Up Kids/Superchunk/Hot Rod Circuit live in New York City

Get Up Kids/Superchunk/Hot Rod Circuit

live in New York City (2002)

live show

Dashboard Confessional/Ash/Hot Rod Circuit Live in Worcester

Dashboard Confessional/Ash/Hot Rod Circuit

Live in Worcester (2002)

live show

Dashboard Confessional/Hot Rod Circuit/Rhett Miller live in Chicago

Dashboard Confessional/Hot Rod Circuit/Rhett Miller

live in Chicago (2002)

live show

Hot Rod Circuit Been There, Smoked That

Hot Rod Circuit

Been There, Smoked That (2002)

Triple Crown

Thrice/Rufio/Hot Rod Circuit/Further Seems Forever live in San Diego

Thrice/Rufio/Hot Rod Circuit/Further Seems Forever

live in San Diego (2002)

live show

Hot Rod Circuit Sorry About Tomorrow

Hot Rod Circuit

Sorry About Tomorrow (2002)

Vagrant

Get Up Kids/Saves the Day/Hot Rod Circuit live in Providence

Get Up Kids/Saves the Day/Hot Rod Circuit

live in Providence (2002)

live show

Get Up Kids/Rhett Miller/Hot Rod Circuit live in Hollywood

Get Up Kids/Rhett Miller/Hot Rod Circuit

live in Hollywood (2002)

live show

Get Up Kids/Hot Rod Circuit live in San Diego

Get Up Kids/Hot Rod Circuit

live in San Diego (2002)

live show

Reggie and The Full Effect/Hot Rod Circuit/Ultimate Fakebook/Koufax Live in Chicago

Reggie and The Full Effect/Hot Rod Circuit/Ultimate Fakebook/Koufax

Live in Chicago (2001)

live show

Hot Rod Circuit If It's Cool With You, It's Cool With Me

Hot Rod Circuit

If It's Cool With You, It's Cool With Me (2000)

Triple Crown

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Interviews

Picture of Hot Rod Circuit

Hot Rod Circuit

Sunday, July 18, 2004 at 3:02 PM (EDT)

Picture of Hot Rod Circuit

Hot Rod Circuit

Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 7:00 PM (EST)

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