PICS: Hot Snakes at the Observatory North Park

San Diego post-hardcore titans Hot Snakes slithered this way and that during their recent packed Observatory North Park show on May 11. Le Butcherettes opened.

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The beloved hometown band is on the reunion trail with a new album out now ("Jericho Sirens") via Seattle indie powerhouse label Sub Pop.
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The new record is 14 years in the making -- Hot Snakes was largely on hiatus from 2005 until this year. They reunited for some one-off shows a couple years back but they're legitimately back in action now!
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The band consists of original members Rick Froberg (guitar/vocals), "Swami" John Reis (guitar), Jason Kourkounis (drums), Gar Wood (bass), and Mario Rubalcaba (drums, not on tour with them currently).
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Hot Snakes originally formed in 1999. Reis and Froberg are like kindred musical soulmates: They've played in Drive Like Jehu and Pitchfork together as well.
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Swami John Reis is a sort of San Diego rock legend at this point -- having also found international success fronting the band Rocket From the Crypt. (Kourkounis pictured)
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Read our recent SoundDiego interview with Reis (pictured right) here and learn where his go-to spots in town are: https://bit.ly/2wv0KXg
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Fun fact: According to Reis (in a segment that didn't make it into the written interview), Hot Snakes are highly influenced by none other than AC/DC: "On ['Jericho Sirens'], we were trying to honor the inspiration we've been getting from, for example, AC/DC. That's a band whose early records are things that we all listen to and we blast them together. When we all get together, that's usually the soundtrack. So there's a lot of AC/DC in the new record, but it obviously doesn't sound like AC/DC. It comes out a little bit different by the time we eat it and digest it." (Froberg pictured)
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Reis told us he thinks Hot Snakes holds a unique place in the music world, and always has: "When we were around the first time, we weren't really a part of any thing ... For the most part, I don't think anyone at the time was really doing that much like [what we were doing]. I'm not saying we were entirely unique, I just didn't hear things that were really, really similar. And to this day, I still don't hear things [that sound] similar exactly ... I think we're pulling from different places and we can't really lump us in with a movement that's going on in underground music right now. We just kind of stick out by ourselves." (Wood pictured)
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When talking about "Jericho Sirens," Reis said he considers himself and the band to be approaching music in a similar way that they did originally: "When we were [originally] making music ... we already knew what we wanted to do stylistically. We came to that point and we're kind of still there now. I don't think I've really moved on from that person that wrote that music. I mean, I have -- I'm always listening to new things or getting interested in different ideas -- but it's part of the same story as opposed to something that no longer representative of what I'm about."
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In addition to "Jericho Sirens," the band's new label Sub Pop has recently reissued their entire full-length album catalog: 2000's "Automatic Midnight," 2002's "Suicide Invoice" and 2004's "Audit In Progress." (Froberg pictured)
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Hot Snakes played the following set list on May 11: "Death Camp Fantasy," "Who Died," "LAX," "I Hate the Kids," "Gar Forgets His Insulin," "XOX," "Why Don't It Sink In?," "Six Wave Hold-Down," "Death Doula," "10th Planet," "I Need a Doctor," "Suicide Invoice," "Having Another?," "Jericho Sirens," "If Credit's What Matters I'll Take Credit," "Automatic Midnight," "No Hands," "This Mystic Decade," "Plenty For All," "Braintrust," "Hi-Lites," and "Retrofit." (Reis pictured)
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Reis told us the band is already at work on a followup to "Jericho Sirens" and expects it to be out in 2019 at some point. Can't wait!
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Le Butcherettes opened the show and they were simply phenomenal!
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The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Teri Gender Bender (pictured), bassist/multi-instrumentalist Riko Rodriguez-Lopez, and drummer Alejandra Robles Luna.
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The band originally hails from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and got its start in 2007.
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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (of At the Drive-In and the Mars Volta) produced (as well as contributed bass guitar to) Le Butcherettes' LP, "Sin Sin Sin" in 2011. (Riko Rodriguez-Lopez pictured)
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The band released "Cry Is for the Flies," on May 15, 2014. Their 2015 album "A Raw Youth" featured appearances by John Frusciante and Iggy Pop.
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Everyone in the crowd was blown away by the group's intense performance -- come back to San Diego soon! (Alejandra Robles Luna pictured)
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