HOT TIP: Demo 2017: CS

May 23, 2018

I’ve mostly thought of Hot Tip as a “No Wave if it was invented in Washington, DC” band. They’ve been shouty and gnarled and had a kind of darker, murky melodic sense (I’m not going to use the word “angular”), especially in the guitars. But this new demo is dreamlike and poetic and textural in new ways, and I feel like even though I’ve repped them and loved them for a while, I underestimated them. The fade-in opener of “Break,” the decomposition at the end of “Give,” the new-surf guitar in “Caves,” I could go on and on. I always think they’re at the height of their conceptual punk powers, but this time they really are, until their next release. –Matt Werts (Drug Party,