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Hot Snakes Serve Up 'Checkmate' Blitz

Local post-hardcore legends Hot Snakes serve up a tasty slab of rock on new single

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    Hot Snakes (shown here performing at the Observatory North Park) rock out on new Sub Pop single "Checkmate."

    'I need a doctor' 'cause my face just got melted: Hot Snakes are back doing what they do best with the release of a new supercharged single titled "Checkmate," out now via Sub Pop.

    The local post-hardcore group -- which is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Rick Froberg, guitarist Swami John Reis, bassist Gar Wood, and drummers Jason Kourkounis and Mario Rubalcaba -- signed with the iconic Seattle record label in 2018, are, uh, hot on the heels of last year's "Jericho Sirens," their first studio album in 14 years.

    A limited edition 7-inch release of "Checkmate" will be available at the band's upcoming shows, and will also include the exclusive B-side "Not in Time." As described by Froberg, the new single is "big, fatty content freshly extruded from the Hot Snakes sausage machine. Same ingredients, new flav."

    The band heads out on a 12-date tour of the U.K. and Ireland in December -- and we're hoping they keep enough in the tank to play a show or two in town when they get back. 

    Hot Snakes U.K./Ireland Tour Dates

    • Dec. 3 - Nottingham, U.K. - Bodega
    • Dec. 4- Manchester, U.K. - Deaf Institute
    • Dec. 5 - Newcastle, U.K. - Cluny
    • Dec. 6 - Glasgow, U.K. - Broadcast
    • Dec. 7 - Belfast, U.K. - Black Box
    • Dec. 8 - Dublin, IE - Grand Social
    • Dec. 10 - Birmingham, U.K. - Hare & Hound
    • Dec. 11 - Leeds, U.K. - Brudenell Social
    • Dec. 12 - London, U.K. - Garage
    • Dec. 13 - Bristol, U.K. - Thekla Social
    • Dec. 14 - Brighton, U.K. - Patterns
    • Dec. 15 - Cambridge, U.K. - Portland Arms