Track review: The Hot Springs — “Headrush”

Track review: The Hot Springs — “Headrush”

From Volcano (2007)
Montreal, Quebec
www.hot-springs.ca

Darcy Fitzpatrick: Pull the tab on this more or less generic can of rock-o-cola and decide for yourself if you like the way the carbonated vocals tickle your tongue on the way down. Sure to lose in a taste test, but a decent enough substitute to get you through a craving when you find yourself staring into an otherwise empty fridge.

Dan Murray: Presenting an anti-hipster attitude—at least in their press releases—Hot Springs certainly have reinvented themselves since their debut EP by dropping the fun pop in exchange for 70s-inspired rock. It’s hard rock with a dance beat thrown in for good measure, and occasional Yeah Yeah Yeahs impressions from the vocalist. I prefered the pop songs, but I guess they were sick of being called cute.

Thea Morash: This is serious rock. Gritty instrumentation gets taken up a notch once frontwoman Giselle Webber adds her torn velvet vocals. Her voice is brimming with intensity—a fusion of Feist, Joplin, and Karen O. There are echoes of early Heart on this track, and it’s deeply satisfying. Despite the influence of seventies rock, Hot Springs keeps it fresh with a measure of ‘now’ that kills the derivative, and produces a vigorous sound that begs to be heard live.