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Hot Snakes

Hot Snakes: Audit In ProgressAudit In Progress (2004)
Swami Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: KenjaminKenjamin
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Goddamn! Listening to this record is like a whippet high! For those of you who don't know what that is: good for you. For those of you in the know, this record is short (just above thirty minutes), loud, fun, and a total rush. But just like that, the record is over and I'm left pretty indifferent to.
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Goddamn! Listening to this record is like a whippet high! For those of you who don't know what that is: good for you. For those of you in the know, this record is short (just above thirty minutes), loud, fun, and a total rush. But just like that, the record is over and I'm left pretty indifferent to the whole experience. While the Hot Snakes contain two members of my favorite post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu, the Hot Snakes remain closer to guitarist Speedo's punk 'n' roll throwback band Rocket From The Crypt. Drive Like Jehu was epic with songs reaching ten minutes and mathy as hell. This band reminds me of Scream, Dracula, Scream! where the songs are much shorter and straight ahead 4/4 rockers and are really really repetitive in a totally good way.

I've read some reviews where Mario Rubalcaba's drumming is criticized for being responsible for toning down the intensity of the band. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you've ever listened to Clikitat Ikatowi then you'd know that this guy's drumming is clean and driving. I imagine he plays with perfect form and he actually cleans up the sloppiness and propels the band forward if nothing else. So they have a bass player on this record too. Nothing too spectacular, a couple good bass lines and fills here and there. Most of the guitar parts consist of a dual downstroke approach with one guitar branching off to play the upper octave or a catchy lead part. Annoying perhaps, but very driving and up tempo.

What makes this album so much fun is how Rick Froberg can seamlessly scream/sing the perfect vocal parts over the guitar parts. His vocals are high-pitched and piercing, and often times get distorted. They are fairly monotone in nature but that's not to say he sounds like your high school calculus teacher. He's just not very melodic. The booklet, done by Froberg, has some nice artwork but no liner notes. Bummer. A lot of what he saying seems like gibberish; "Boxes boxes boxes, you're still the sucker that you are!" but some songs like "Kreative Kontrol" has an impassioned Froberg pleading and admitting he'd cut off his own dick for creative control. Totally awesome.

I think I've rambled and gushed about how impassioned, fun, and rocking this release is long enough. However, if you haven't heard this band yet and are expecting another Jehu, forget it. This is straight-ahead and honest rock music. Unfortunately, the album never really goes anywhere and that's its downfall, yet I'd still recommend it for those looking for that quick rush.

MP3 - Hi Lites


People who liked this also liked:
Descendents - Milo Goes To CollegeDrive Like Jehu - Yank CrimeRefused - The Shape of Punk to ComeThe Clash - London CallingHot Snakes - Suicide InvoiceOperation Ivy - Operation IvyThe Replacements - TimJawbreaker - Dear YouThe Clash - The ClashRocket from the Crypt - Scream, Dracula, Scream!

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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (December 23, 2004)

Whoever said the word on the street was that the tour was horrible, i dont know budddddy i saw them in Arizona and they did what they came to do, rooooock!

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

Not a perfect record, but still one of the tops of 2004.

CallingLondon (December 21, 2004)

oh man whippits yay

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

the Hot Snakes are the best fucking thing on earth right now. i don't know if they'll ever again write a song as great as "If Credit's What Matters I'll Take Credit" though.

Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

The review made me not want to buy this. Awesome.

-El Vaquero

Cos (December 20, 2004)

i have a copy of this CD, I've listened to it a few times, I always notice the "think about Carbs" song, but other than that... ho-hum. I loved "Automatic Midnight", but this one... I don't know. Not great, not horrible, just never grabbed me. that's all I can really say.


Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

This is a four-star record.


Dude get a life. you are always the 1st person posting. Go talk to somebody other than your blow up doll. And the Hot Snakes are too fucking good for your wanna be scenesters ass. See Chinatown even to be a scenester you have to get away from your computer to go see a show. you don't even do that you poser

kenjamin (December 20, 2004)

Dude, whippits are so highschool. If the whip cream does come out it's all watery and not good anyways.

kenjamin (December 20, 2004)

I listened to this album again and I don't know why i kept saying the album was "fun." I think i was tired from studying for finals but there are some evil sounding riffs on this cd. Also, I've only heard scream dracula scream and the cds released on Vagrant and i think it's fair to say scream dracula blows those away. I hope to one day pick up circa now.

Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

since we're talking about rocket...circa now is a fun album. hot snakes own. suicide invoice is good. so is audit. at least a real rock record got a review here.

score is for the powers that be who pulled their heads outta their asses and ran this review.


Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

Not as good as Suicide Invoice or Automatic Midnight, but still great. Can you believe Scott gave Suicide Invoice only 2 stars when it came out?!? That's just plain wrong.

Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

i dunno, i always thought scream dracula scream was one of RFTC's weaker albums.

DickAround (December 19, 2004)

Great album. Good review.

Anonymous (December 19, 2004)

This score is for whippits!!
I just wish there was a way to get the whipped cream out after :(

kenjamin (December 19, 2004)

well like I said there are no lyrics included and I did see the review for Pitchfork. Haha i was positive he was saying boxes boxes boxes too, before i read their review. Oh well my point was that the lyrics don't really make sense sometimes and i don't think this changes that.

Anonymous (December 19, 2004)

all i'll say is that i like my favorite songs off of "suicide invoice" more than my favorite songs off of this.

it's still an amazing record, without question.

Anonymous (December 19, 2004)

Audit in Progress is better than Suicide Invoice. Only a retard would disagree with me.

Also, who the heck started this "Boxes" rumor? This is the second place I've read that that is the lyric from "Think About Carbs." Uh, according to hotsnakes.com, "parts is parts is parts is parts is/you're still the sucker that you were."

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

But you still suck.

kenjamin (December 18, 2004)

3 Points to addres:
1. I didn't review the "I can make a mess like...." record nor am I a member of the staff and don't represent the opinions of Punknews.org

2. "This is straight-ahead and honest rock music. " Read the damn review before you criticize me of being a trend hopping bitch.

3. In my opinion, Drive Like Jehu's "Yank Crime," Rocket From the Crypt's "Scream, Dracula, Scream!" and Hot Snakes "Suicide Invoice" are all better than this cd. Therefore, this record is not a 5.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

one of the best releases this year for sure.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

best band this sad excuse for a site has reviewed. unfornately, bands like i can make a mess liken nobodys business somehow are scaled the same with these guys. you stupid trend hoppin' bitches, this is rock, no pussy bullshit.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

This is one of the better albums I've listened to recently. I hate you Kenjamin. But not really

kenjamin (December 18, 2004)

so i should be kicking myself for missing them on tour? The word on the street was that they weren't too good on this tour, the opening bands were horrible, and tickets were a bit pricey. I waited till the last minute and the show sold out. bummer. Probably a good thing i didn't go though, I probably couldn't have stopped myself from requesting DLJ songs. If Hoover can do a reunion show, then so can Jehu.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

i don't think rick fork's lyrics have EVER made sense. anyways, i haven't heard this yet, but i liked suicide invoice a hell of a lot more than automatic midnight.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

I agree with the reviewer that the long term play value just isn't there. Fun for a couple of listens at best, and a great live band.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

At this site 3.5 doesn't equal four just becuase it is close. This is a five star record. Fuck you for being an idiot. Score is for one of the best of hte year.

kenjamin (December 18, 2004)

You're right about the production though. It is pretty top notch. I dunno, it wasn't like a Shellac reocrd quality or anything. It just kind of slipped my mind and honestly, Drive like Jehu is my favorite band of all time. I have to be harsh.

kenjamin (December 18, 2004)

3.5 stars, 4 stars... what's the difference? It's just a number. This isn't Pitchfork with their 7.7 I even added a song link. Damn, that's dedication.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

score is for the album (which reminds me, i need to write a review for "automatic midnight")

this review leaves me with the same sensation that the reviewer says the album does him... it's a little too spastic-- and doesn't mention the superb quality of the production either


Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

kenjamin, go fuck yourself. worst.review.EVAR!

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

ditto to what chinatown said

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

This is a four-star record.


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