Venue: KRAAK, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester
So, just who are Hot Beat Repeat?
Think loop pedals, synths, strings, guitars and drums. All interwoven. Result; hugely addictive tracks that have more to offer than just their sugary coating. ‘Furore’ tackles social uprising, oppression and war, while ‘Soul’ speaks of addiction.
The Manchester duo, Andrew Jameson (guitar/vocals/synth) and Alex Godfrey (drums), most recent gig was at the side-street KRAAK venue in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter. Gallery by day, it truly comes alive in the evening.
You get the impression Hot Beat Repeat are a band that tackle their music head on; indeed, it would be easy to forget that there was only ever two people on stage. This was never more apparent than with the track ‘Ease It Up’, taken from the self titled EP, where the various guitar layers are introduced with the use of the trusty loop pedal to produce depth you’d expect from a 5 piece.
These guys are capable of some truly incessantly catchy songs and distant themselves from the usual fair you’re likely to hear knocking about the Northern Quarter, exemplified by a cover of Stardust’s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’. There’s nothing not to like about HBR.
‘Dynamic duo’ is a rather lazy and lame turn of phrase but never more apt than for HBR. The guys have played the main stage at Manchester Festival and recently picked up top spot in Band on the Wall’s new music competiton.