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Band Spotlight – Too Hot

Too Hot have been playing ska and reggae since 1992 rising from the ashes of TIGHTEN UP. We’ve recorded 3 full albums – Nice & Easy (2000), Wise Up (2002) and Time Flies (2006) and 2 EPs – Kicking Off (1993) and Big Time (1999).We have played the local, regional and national and international Ska Scene now for over ten Years. with appearences on the BBC(diy sos) and working along side such greats as The Selecter, The Beat, Bad Manners,The Buzzcocks, The Skatelites, Desmond Decker,Laurel aitkin,the Eithiopians and Specials Guitarist Mr RoddyRadiation himself (also making an appearence on the “Wise Up” album). Also Welsh supremos Smoke Like A fish and The Splitters from leicester and more recent The Slackers and The Skints and in august with the Aggrolites. We can also be found on such complination albums from all round the world Skannibal Party 5, PunkSkaParty,Stay Sharp Vol.2, Global Ska Vol.2, , United Colors of Ska Vol.2, United Colors of Ska Vol.3, We Don’t Skare – A Modern Ska Compilation, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Krishna Colours on the Wall. This already compliments the three albums done so far Nice’n'easy/Wise Up/Time Flies. Too Hot have also proved themselves to be formidable on the open Music Festival scene all over the UK

Jon Atkins reviews Too Hot:

I was lost in a sea of bobbing heads and enthusiastic arm flailing at The Jolly Farmer on Sunday 4th April as Too Hot filled the venue with an energy that only a band with over 17 years experience could produce.

Lead singer, Helen (a recent addition), was backed up by Lloyddy (bass), Big Kev (drums), Spud (guitar), Doc (keys), Zee (Sax dub) and Fester (trumpet) to provide an electric atmosphere.  The set comprised of a good mix of originals (my personal favourite being ‘Alcohol’) and covers, including a great rendition of a Madness classic that gave Zee a chance to demonstrate some serious talent on the saxophone.  ‘Summertime’ was a particularly memorable performance by Helen, managing to blow everyone away with her incredible vocal display.

I think it would be fair to say that everyone in the crowd had a phenomenal time, and personally I could not think of a better way to have spent an Easter Sunday evening. I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for their next performance and my ear out for any information on the promised new album in the pipeline for later this year.

If you are interested in doing the same, then head to www.toohotska.co.uk.


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