are gearing up their forthcoming sophomore album Dark of the Daylight
for release—but, of course, you can hear an exclusive track off the record here today on PureVolume: Stream "Hot Fire
The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Massachusetts trio may be a rock band—but that doesn't mean they have to do things they way they're usually done. Crash Kings have forgone something that may seem pretty integral to a band of the genre: guitars. Instead, they've opted for clavinet, vintage keys, piano, analog synths, distorted bass, and drum stomp.
"['Hot Fire'] was a song Tony wrote right after finishing our first record. When we finally came around to learning and playing it live it just locked in for us, and we knew there was something there. There’s an apocalyptic element to the lyrics, but it’s really about putting yourself out there, getting wild, and embracing the best things life has to offer," shares the Crash Kings. "One night, we threw a party at the studio to celebrate the end of tracking. We invited our friends, put a little bar together, cooked some food, and ran around naked by the pool. At one point in the night, we took only the drunk people, brought them into the studio, and did the most unspeakable things. Just kidding, we really just needed them to sing the 'Woo!' on the chorus. They did a great job!"Dark of the Dayight
is due out on June 18 and was produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, Supergrass). Most notably, a majority of the album was recorded live.
In lieu of label support, Crash Kings has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to promote the album and tour. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here