Tue, Nov 22

Hot Flash Heat Wave

Sports, Sipper
Show: 7:00 pm
Black Sheep
All Ages
Hot Flash Heat Wave
San Francisco band Hot Flash Heat Wave rose to prominence in the Bay Area
music scene in 2015 with the release of their debut album Neapolitan. Their

versatile sound, at times reminiscent of dreamy psychedelia, power pop, and post-
punk, demonstrates a dynamic range of songwriting prowess centered around

consistently infectious, sun-soaked melodies and guitar hooks.
Hot Flash Heat Wave is Adam Abildgaard, Nick Duffy, and Ted Davis. The trio hails
from Davis, California, where they met in high school through a shared interest in
music. Maintaining a DIY ethos instilled by their teenage roots in the Davis/
Sacramento punk scene, the group still creates most of their artwork and
merchandise themselves.
Continuing their habit of self-reinvention, the band has garnered growing attention

with the early 2019 release of a short-but-sweet EP, titled Mood Ring, and a self-
made music video for its leading single ‘Glo Ride’. An ambitious blending of

genres, the EP is a divergence from anything we’ve heard from the group to date,
diving deep into themes of introspection and emotional turmoil while still
managing a flavor that is uniquely theirs.
Purpose is at the cornerstone of Sports’ resonance and impressive second album Get A Good
Look. Childhood friends Cale Chronister and Christian Theriot have come to realize that life
can change at any second. Perspectives are reshaped, relationships rise or fall, and home is
anywhere you want it to be. For Sports, it's the intricacies of their lifelong friendship, the
victories and shortcomings of growing up, and the lessons learned along the way that have
influenced their worldview. Growing up on the outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma, life for Cale and
Christian revolved around watching MTV and going to church. The pair first met in middle
school and formed an instant connection with both seeking to break out of the conformity of
their quaint small town upbringing. “We have been making and recording music under
different names since we were about 13,” they share. The genesis of Sports would come
almost a decade later. On choosing the name Sports, Cale and Christian show reverence to
their parents. “They’re big sports fans. It’s like we’re fulfilling some childhood dream of
being in the NBA.”
Musically, Sports inspires images of the youthful idyll of bygone times through dulcet melodies
and sun-drenched funk synths. Their elaborate, mind-expanding arrangements are warm and
enveloping, creating a world where David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and The Clash collide.
Sports first introduced themselves with their 2015 debut single “You Are The Right One,” a
concentrated slow drip of funk. Their debut project, Naked All The Time (2015) and its
follow-up, People Can’t Stop Chillin (2016) delivered additional critically-praised singles
including: “Panama,” “Whatever You Want,” and “Someone You’d Rather Be Dating.” The
band returned in 2018 with their first full-length album, Everyone’s Invited, a vibrant offering
that received acclaim from Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and plays on KCRW’s Morning
Becomes Eclectic.
To date, Sports has garnered over 100 million streams, an impressive feat for a band who’s
stayed true to their independent roots and DIY ethos. After spending the last three years split
between Los Angeles, California and Norman, Oklahoma, Cale and Christian find themselves
back in their hometown, but with fresh perspective gained from distance and time.
It’s this perspective that’s apparent in their upcoming studio album Get A Good Look, which
they first teased in 2020 with the single “Tell You Something.” The experimental and

innovative track effortlessly blurs the lines between synth-pop, indie-funk, and psychedelic
rock and marked the beginning of an exciting new era for the band. Unlike their previous
albums, Get A Good Look will be released in two parts. “We didn’t set out to release the
album in 2 parts, but with the pandemic, we had to be creative,” Cale shares. “It gives us the
chance to work on the music and the visuals at a more methodical pace.”
Get A Good Look Pt. 1 featured the critically-praised singles “Baby, Baby,” “Never Know,”
and “The Look.” The release charted in the Top-20 on both the NACC and Sub-modern radio
charts and picked up endorsements from Paper Magazine, KCRW, Lyrical Lemonade, DIY, NPR,
Rolling Stone, BBC Radio 1, and SiriusXM Alt Nation.
Sipper is the recording project of NYC musician, Joey Beerman. Since launching in 2019, the project has mostly been known for releasing music a little too frequently. In the past year, Sipper released 4 albums and continues to put out a new song bi-weekly. For live performances, the band is made of 4 members all from the same hebrew-school graduating class.