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The Specific Heats


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The Specific Heats began in 2004 as the solo project of Mat Patalano and was then fully actualized into a full band. Inspired by Mat’s love for 1960s surf, pop, garage & psych pop as well as 90s/2000s indie pop, their sound developed from a blend of energetic yet melancholy indie pop into the “missing link” between timid and meticulous indie pop & and wild, untamed garage rock that no one had ever asked for.

They released the self-produced “The Specific Heats Aboard A Spaceship of the Imagination” back in 2006 on Total Gaylord Records (Shumai, The Lil’ Hospital, The Snow Fairies, & makers of the highly acclaimed “Cwistmas Twee” Compilation) and re-located to Brooklyn. After some lineup changes, they recorded their latest 7” EP, “Back Through Thyme”, released only last spring (2009) due to software issues, computer & external hard drive theft, and a series of other unfortunate mis-haps.

The band, donning their dashing paisley capes, however, strives onward – embodying the spirit of positivity and perseverance in the face of adversity that appears as a theme in much of their work. Last summer they practically burned the place down (anyone who was there will undoubtedly know what we mean) when they performed at the Indie Tracks festival and will be returning this year with, at long last, their soon-to-be released second album “Cursed!”.

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  • chatte_blanche

    I can't get enough the new album<3<3<3

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
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    The Specific Heats "CURSED!" UK&Sweden Summer Tour '010! 13 July - TBA- Gothenburg - *MAYBE* 14 July: Summer Days Are Forever, Jonkoping, SE 15 July: Cosy Den, Stockholm, SE *** tentative** 16 July: Lundafesten, Nykoping, SE 17 July: TBA - London, UK 19 July: Flying Duck, Glasgow, Scotland, UK 22 July: TBA - Nottingham, UK w/ HOROWITZ 25 July: Derbyshire, UK - Indie Tracks!

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • andyandhayley

    This is either Mat's blog or the band's blog: Whichever, it's ACE and has podcasts and a free downloadable new track called 'Old News' You need this in your life

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • colinclary

    this band keeps getting better and better! uncompromisingly nice and rockin' at the same time! fearless and awesome!

    29 Dec 2009 Reply
  • naomihuth

    June 13th 3:00pm-2:00am Exit 44 Festival w/ Tigercity and Project Jenny, Project Jan @ Wonderland, 38-01 23rd Ave, Astoria, Queens $10/$13; Exit 44 is an all-day independent music festival featuring some of the best emerging acts in the city. Headlined by Tigercity and Project Jenny, Project Jan, the lineup also includes Action Painters, The Shondes, My Teenage Stride, Schwervon!, and many more. Full lineup of all 14 bands and details at Advance tickets at

    27 May 2009 Reply

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