For today’s Jam, we wanted to bring you a little preview of a band set to play two shows next week, one in the EV/ Lower East Side and one in BK. The Hot Rats, a British band formed by vocalist and guitarist Gaz Coombes and drummer Danny Goffey, are a self-proclaimed “psychedelic punk” band. They will be playing their first show in BK at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 12th and their second at the Bowery Ballroom on January 14th. Coombes and Goffey, who are two-thirds of the nineties British pop-rock group Supergrass, most likely took their band name from Hot Rats, the second solo album by Frank Zappa. They are currently working with mega-producer Nigel Godrich, who has produced albums for Beck and Radiohead, on their upcoming album of cover versions of songs by various iconic artists– including The Velvet Underground, The Beatles, the Beastie Boys, and the Sex Pistols. If their adrenaline-fueled cover of The Velvet Underground‘s “Can’t Stand It” is any indication, they are being pretty clever with their reinterpretations of these songs. Their cover of “Drive My Car” by the Beatles is also worth a listen. If you like what you hear, check them out live next week.
The Hot Rats – Can’t Stand It: