Monday, February 7, 2022

The Hot Pockets - Live in Koln 10/18/2001 Cassette


Big Neck / Primitive Screwhead (2021)

Tape number five from the Big Neck/Screwhead pile.  This time we've got a band that I have at least heard of, likely because of their excellent band name and the fact that they put out a record on Alien Snatch.  The Hot Pockets existed in the late 90s and early 2000s and cranked out a few 7"s and one LP.

This live show from 2001 is a fun and energetic set, though it's probably the first of these live tapes that does have one of the trappings you find in some live albums.  The vocals are too loud in comparison to the instruments.  This is an issue with live albums probably going back to the beginning of time and the fact that this is the first one of these Big Neck/Screwhead tapes that has this really shows the quality of recordings they've been working with for the most part.

For the most part, the bands original material is pretty fun and I wonder what would have happened if they were around during that 2008-2012 stretch where I feel like garagey rock and roll really took over the punk underground for a spell.  Another solid tape, but probably sits right in the middle if I'm ranking them. I also could have done without the Guns N Roses cover, but that's probably just me.

The Hot Pockets - Live in Koln  10/18/2001:

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