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From Lavalogy

Release date: October 7, 2008

There’s a new brand of weird pop music bubbling up around the east coast these days and Hot Lava are right in the thick of the flow. Deejay Dan Deacon gets it. He’s putting Hot Lava on a split single on the Baltimore-based Wham City label. Calliope Kurtz understands. “This is pink tambourine utopia!” she enthuses at Perfect Sound Forever, waxing poetic about Hot Lava’s “digital basement bling” and “under the charm killer songwriting. …Polaroids from teen eternity.”

It’s been 3 years of countless laughs and quite a few line-up changes, Richmond, Virginia’s Hot Lava, comprised of Allison Apperson, Jared Sosa, Andrew Mowe and Matt Deans, are finally ready to heat things up. Their multi-layered debut album, Lavalogy, is a unique, conceptual adventure that plays like the musical companion to a satirical and subversive graphic novel.

There is no denying the band’s love-affair with 90’s indie-pop or their 60’s inspired sensibilities, but Hot Lava’s music goes beyond celebrating the past, it gazes into the future with a wide-eye and an endearing, off-beat sense of humor. Whether lead singer Allison Apperson is romanticizing about a spinach-eating blue dragon, or wrestling with technology (Apple+Option+Fire), she and the rest of the boys are focused on smothering their catchy pop vignettes with candy-coated melodies and infectious hooks that are guaranteed to get your temperature rising.

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