"The Routine" (RCA; 2003)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Hotwire is a band that has two distinct sides: The first is a band that rocks with an explosive enthusiasm that is contagious and instantly easy to listen to; the second is the flip side - when Hotwire slows it down the music grinds to a near standstill. When the tempo slows down, the vocals and lyrics become dull and the the music lethargic. I can't even believe it's the same band!

When they're fast and upbeat, Hotwire is a great band. When they slow it down, it feels almost catatonic. 

Hotwire: Rus Martin - vocals; Brian Borg - drums; Chris Strauser - bass; Gabe Garcia - guitar.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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