The Hot Puppies, Under the Crooked Moon

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

"Is this love or open heart surgery?" asks single-named singer Becky at the start of "Just Like a Roman Candle, Joe". The rest of the Hot Puppies debut is given over to riding the line between those two extremes. With sparkling hooks and Becky's tough snarl, the Welsh quintet stomps out a place for themselves somewhere to the left of gloom merchants like Celebration and Siouxsie & the Banshees. As black as midnight and as alluring as witchcraft.