If you haven’t heard of The Hot Seats before, now might be a good time to introduce yourselves. Style Weekly calls them, “Richmond’s beloved absurdist stringband.” We call them pure fun! In fact we loved them so much that we used their song in our latest commercial featuring Victory Farms.
The Hot Seats were formed eight years ago (2002) in Richmond, VA as a good-time band between new friends, many of whom were exploring a genre unknown to them on equally novel instruments. It started with weekly gig, rapidly followed by trips out of town, festival appearances, longer tours, new music, new influences, competition-winning performances (both individually and as an ensemble) three critically acclaimed trips to the UK, and five albums!
With each year and step forward, the band has honed a focus on the traditions from which it draws, and a tongue-in-cheek irony more comparable to Jonathan Swift than to South Park. The band, while retaining the irreverence and fun loving character of its inception, does not resemble much the ragtag ensemble of the summer of 2002. For these reasons, they are the Hot Seats, a name that connotes the frenetic frenzy this band can whip up, and one they feel represents their musical intentions, as well as their desire to share this music with a larger audience.