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San Diego, United States (1999 – 2005, 2011 – present)

Hot Snakes was an American post-hardcore band led by Rick Froberg and John Reis, formed in 1999. Reis and Froberg had previously performed together in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu while living in San Diego, CA during their youth.

Although they share sonic similarities with bands its members had previously been involved with, Hot Snakes’ sound was much more punk-influenced than Drive Like Jehu and Pitchfork. Reis and Froberg were also heavily influenced by bands such as Wipers, Suicide, and Michael Yonkers Band, and these influences gave Hot Snakes a distinctive sound. Their songs are much shorter and succinct than Drive Like Jehu, but retain the discordant guitars and singing that define DLJ’s best work. Hot Snakes recorded three excellent studio albums, 2000’s Automatic Midnight, 2002’s Suicide Invoice, and 2004’s Audit in Progress. The Peel Session EP (2005) and Thunder Down Under (2006) live albums both featured muscular live versions of their songs.

On 7 July 2005, Reis announced that the band would be calling it quits in a hand-written letter posted on their label’s (Swami Records) Web site. Shortly after the split-up of the Hot Snakes, a cover of Government Issue’s “Time to Escape” appeared on the soundtrack to Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland videogame. This song was the last ever recording by the Hot Snakes. While the Hot Snakes have called it a day, John Reis continues to play in The Night Marchers, and with Mario Rubalcaba in the power pop trio The Sultans and run the Swami Records label.


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  • Distoma

    I think I have found a great band.

    Yesterday 10:19pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    hot snakes and bubblegut

    2 Jan 7:54pm Reply
  • foreignlawns

    they need to play more shows posthaste

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
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  • tropicalhaze

    V came here to say this

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Thelastnameleft

    I was so excited when I heard Hot Snakes on GTA V's radio

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • peepingtom72

    i might buy so more hot snakes i like em.but still no band come near my beloved placebo :)

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    nonoy, thanks for "do not resuscitate", I didn't even know about this! Time to add it amongst the small pile of rare hot snakes songs like u.s. mint, time to escape, lurkers lurkers, rock n roll will never die, and their bullet train to vegas cover.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    Best band. 'Suicide Invoice' is my most listened to album ever (aside from perhaps Pink Flag, Miles Goes to College, or Goat). Every time I listen I am brought back to the school bus ride in 2002 when the only CD's I owned were it, Yank Crime, and McLusky Do Dallas, so I listened to it every day. Ah, simpler times .... my love for this band knows no end, their mix of Wipers riffing and energy, with Michael Yonkers Band's sense of structure and melody, with a slight pinch of Suicide's nihilism (and the use of minimal synth, which is actually pretty prominent on Hot Snakes' albums but you have to listen closely to hear it on a lot of songs; I remember listening to LAX 5000 times before I noticed -- only on really good headphones -- that a synth plays the exact same notes as the guitar riff in time with it). Just amazing.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • slint_de

    Cologne / Noise Rock / Post-Punk / Rock in the veins of Jesus Lizard / Hot Snakes and so on...

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • cheezeybaines

    the Daniel Striped Tiger cover of Think About Carbs is sick

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AcidPoliceUH

    goddamn music noobs listening to hot snakes and taggin it as post punk gtfo

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PoliceStatefm

    Why the recent spike?

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ticklishgio

    Can anyone send me any links to there releases? they all seem to be dead now

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • goodcoolman69

    this is probably the best band ever

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ihateRBF

    Saw em again last night in Philly. They played "Bullet Train To Vegas"

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • nonoy412 For all you that were waiting forever to hear, "Do Not Resuscitate", their last song recorded as a band. Backed with the awesome Government Issue cover, "Time to Escape," originally released on the Tony Hawk video game.

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • UntilYouReform

    July 23rd at Mortville in Chicago. $15.

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nick_InZoMNiAC

    Reunion is great news, let's hope we see them in a Europe tour as well.

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ThereIsBearCum

    you're 18, grow some fucking balls and go anyway

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
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