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Hot Chelle Rae/The Summer Set – Free Stuff!!!

November 19, 2009

Hot Chelle Rae and The Summer Set are making quite the splash.

HCR is currently on tour with Third Eye Blind.

We’re giving away 3 prize packages. All packages include:

* CD – The Summer Set “Love Like This”
* CD – Hot Chelle Rae – “Lovesick Electric”
* Autographed Poster – The Summer Set
* Autographed Poster – Hot Chelle Rae

To win, email Contests@CWGmagazine.com and tell us why you love feel good rock (bonus points for creativity.)

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Hot Chelle Rae – Nash Gives Up The Goods

November 3, 2009

Interview By: Pablo Cortez

PC: Can you tell us a little bit about your experience recording your debut album, “Lovesick Electric?” What was it like? What did you learn? Was it as expected?

Nash: Well, we are very fortunate to have been able to work with what I would call our dream team of talent for this record. Between Hollywood and Malibu, where we got to work with Eric Valentine and Butch Walker, to finishing the record with Matt Radosevich in Nashville… It has turned out to be everything we wanted and more. With Valentine we really had to step our game up as far as getting as close to perfect as possible. Every moment had it’s decided role, and it makes an incredible picture.

Being in the studio standing next to Butch Walker was kind of surreal to us, since watching and learning from him since R.K. and I started writing together. He’s a vocal arrangement genius, which hits home with us(we share a mutual obsession with Queen). As a last minute surprise Mark Endert agreed to mix most of the album. He’s the only person we desired to work with, that hadn’t been in the equation. He brought this whole together. All in all, “Lovesick Electric” is everything, and way more than we dreamed of.

PC: How did you settle on the album title, “Lovesick Electric?” What significance does it hold?

Nash: It’s a lyric in the bridge of “I Like to Dance,” but before that, we had written a song called “Lovesick Electric.” It was a phrase we made up at random, and kind of gave our own meaning to. To us, it defines being addicted to music, or being a slave to the groove. I remember one day R.K. called me and said “I know the title of our first album.” I knew it before he said it. It’s been one of the few unwavering decisions since it’s inception.

PC: The track “I Like to Dance” has gotten some exposure on shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” & “Dancing With The Stars.” Are you guys fans of the shows? What is your reaction to hearing your song played on national primetime television?

Nash: Those are both very addicting shows! No matter how many times we hear our music played during a TV show, it always makes us a bit giddy. Especially if we don’t know it’s going to happen.

PC: How and why did you guys decide to sign with Jive Records? What has that relationship been like?

Nash: Jive was really one of the only labels to get our goal/vision/dream. Every other label we had gone to, indie or major, had been sort of clueless as to what they planned to do. Not only with us, with the way that the industry is constantly changing. Jive seemed to really have it together, from their track record, to their support for us. They’re in this for more than a brief flash. We plan on making the long haul.

PC: I know you’ve just started the ‘music business’ side of things but is there any advice you may have for current up and coming bands looking to get signed?

Nash: It’s all about material. We’ve seen some of the best musicians be turned down because they don’t have something “special.” We’ve also seen people get signed who could barely play their instruments, all because of having great songs. Write, write, write(and yes, get really good at your instrument). If you have great songs, people will come to you. After that’s set in motion, you need a live show that makes people want more.

PC: What’s the best part about touring?

Nash: Well, on this current Third Eye Blind tour, I have to say that everyone getting together for a bus party after a show is a pretty good way to end each night. But NOTHING makes an impact on us like meeting and hanging out with new(and longtime) fans. Anytime someone comes up to us and says we’re their new favorite band, or that a song spoke to them, it makes our night.

PC: Any favorite gigs, venues that you’ve played?

Nash: The Stanley Theatre was one of the most incredible buildings we’ve played. The fans were great, and everything was painted with gold leaf trim. Pretty cool to see. Also, on the other end of the spectrum is the House of Blues in Cleveland OH. Rock and Roll to the max. Dirty sweaty and loud, and we loved it.

PC: What’s one style or piece of music you just hate? And I mean loath, like you want to see it banished from all formats and all airwaves?

Nash: There may be a song or two by this artist that is acceptable. Ugh, I HATE this question so much, but since you asked… Flo Rida. Unless it’s featuring T-Pain(one of our favorites) or someone great…. the radio is getting turned off.

PC: Can’t wait to see how you’re music video comes out, what was that like? I hear you shot at Crazy Gideon’s in Los Angeles, did you get to meet him?

Nash: We did! He even did a cameo in our video(a scene with Stephanie Pratt). It was the coolest experience. We arrived at 3pm, and left at 6am. We were tired for a few days after, but it came out better than we imagined. It’s wild, and crazy, and fun, and a bit rebellious;). Hope everyone gets to see it SOON.

PC: I know you’ve got a lot of touring coming up, what’s the game plan for you guys, post tour?

Nash: We’ll go home, relax, write more songs, and figure out where to play next. Sadly I’m sure there will be a couple of overdue bills too… may have to ignore those. haha

Hot Chelle Rae – Lovesick Electric

November 3, 2009
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Written By: Ben Millikan


Label: Jive – Rating:

For a debut album, Hot Chelle Rae’s Lovesick Electric sure doesn’t feel like it. After rereading their bio to make sure that this was in fact their first studio release, I’m still sort of reeling at the amazing eleven song collection that the dance-rock act was able to put together during their first trip to the studio. It probably doesn’t hurt that vocalist and guitarist Ryan Keith Follese, his brother/drummer Jamie Follese and lead guitarist Nash Overstreet are the sons of A-list Nashville songwriters. Oh, and bassist Ian Keaggy’s father, he’s just a grammy-nominated guitarist. Not too shabby of a foundation for four guys from Nashville.

Despite their youth and inexperience, Hot Chelle Rae’s work shows how the guys are wise beyond their years with carefully constructed songs and an overall dynamic balance to Lovesick Electric. The album opens with “Say (Half Past Nine),” an energetic dance number with a catchy guitar riff and a disco-esk drum beat. Fittingly enough, the next track (“I Like to Dance”) is built around the same formula, but the tonal elements have been slightly modified.

Although Lovesick Electric does at times cross into the threshold of repetitiveness (the sixteenth notes on the high-hat does get old after a while, even if it is the perfect dance beat), there are a couple of straight-up rock songs to add more variety to the album. “Bleed” is an acoustic power-ballad that opens with a few simple chords on the guitar and builds up to a full, driven chorus. And “The Distance,” undoubtedly the most complete song on the album, moves from a dark blend of strings, synth stabs, and clean electric guitar picking into a heavy, orchestra-filled chorus. The song continues its dynamic journey into a light marching-band drum roll during the bridge before exploding into a tasty guitar solo, and finally fading out with a different string patch under the soothing “ooh’s” of vocalist Ryan Keith Follese.

And speaking of Follese: despite being only twnety-two and having lyrics that would confirm just as much, his amazing vocal range is indicative of an award-winning singer. Reminiscent of Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, Follese’s soaring vocals serve has the glue that really holds the whole album together.

Overall, Lovesick Electric is an impressive debut. Hot Chelle Rae obviously took the time to craft each song, as opposed to rushing into the studio and laying down whatever came out. If the band focuses less on the dance grooves and Follese learns to put more of himself into his lyrics then Hot Chelle Rae could very well be on their way in becoming the heir to The Killers.

Rating: 3.5 Gunz

Like Hot Chelle Rae? Check out: The Killers, The Bravery

Hot Chelle Rae – I Like To Dance (Acoustic)

October 22, 2009

Hot Chelle Rae announce themselves as a force to be reckoned with on their debut album Lovesick Electric. How can you argue with bold, swaggering vocals, monster sing-along choruses, crunching rock guitar, and a propulsive rhythm section that just won’t quit?

“We wanted the music to sound larger than life,” says guitarist Nash Overstreet of the group’s epic dance-rock sound. “We wanted it to sound explosive and new and fun and be better than anything out there,” adds frontman Ryan Keith Follese. Indeed, stomping, blistering jams like “I Like to Dance,” “Never Have I Ever,” “Say (Half Past Nine),” and “Bushes,” will sound equally fierce whether they’re blasting from a car stereo or emanating from an arena stage.

As one reviewer has already raved about the Nashville newcomers: “Hot Chelle Rae are honest to goodness rock and roll at its finest — ripe and arrogant, sweating with tangible promise that hangs in the air at their live shows. Posh arrangements featuring refreshingly tasteful guitar, sly lyrics, and a 22-year-old lead singer dripping with charisma, leave you knowing that these guys will end up somewhere—everywhere.”

High praise, but not surprising considering that all four band members were raised with music in their DNA. Ryan, his brother/drummer Jamie, and Overstreet are the sons of A- list Nashville songwriters with multiple number one hits between them, while bassist Ian Keaggy’s dad is a world renowned Grammy-nominated guitarist.