Birthed in the dirty depths of a Dunedin flat (shared by the entire band), Hot Donnas self-titled EP is here today, unleashing a fiery and ravenous 12 minutes of non-stop riffs, groove and intensity. “If you’re not careful you might end up burning some holes in the bottom of your shoes from getting too much of a boogie on.” Gene Mace, Hot Donnas.
From the initial kicker of track ‘Fear Me’, followed by an unwavering urgency in ‘Loose Teeth’, the EP backs it down a notch to groove through ‘My Old Man’, before finishing off with the ‘Rag Doll’, a rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza pulling deeply from their 90’s influences, leaving a lasting, breathless impression.
“These songs all stemmed from our normal procedure of starting with a guitar riff and fleshing it out from there. It has helped that we all moved into the same flat at the start of this year and were able to get home from work and jam without a fuss. It meant that we were able to get a lot of practice in and have the songs 100% ready to go before we made the trip up to Auckland to record.”
Mitch Sizemore, Hot Donnas
“Steven Marr, the sound engineer we worked with, made the process super efficient for us and we can’t thank him enough for the high quality result we ended up with. Recording our previous EP with him added to this as he already had existing knowledge on the sound we were aiming for. The options to experiment with our hard hitting sound seemed endless with all the insane gear that Roundhead has to offer – it honestly felt surreal.”
George McLaughlan, Hot Donnas
Diving into the studio with Steve Marr at Roundhead Studios (Shihad, BENEE) alongside the support and backing from NZ On Air, Hot Donnas took their chance to take the intensity, professionalism and groove of their tracks to another level. Providing the “sonic punch” that their collective ear-holes had been seeking. Recorded live, the track was able to retain the energy that makes Hot Donnas a band keeping you on the edge of your seat, concerned that they’ll explode out of your speakers at any moment. Chris Chetland (Lorde, Scribe, Six60) partnered with the band for mastering, adding a crisp edge to the track.
“Being able to record at Roundhead was an experience that I will never forget. Hot Donnas as a collective tend to be very relaxed and we try not to take things too seriously, so it was nice to break out of the comfort zone and get into a professional studio. Personally, I was very nervous going into the first day of the recording session as a lot of highly regarded NZ bands have recorded there. Steve did a great job of making it relaxing and enjoyable and I feel that’s how we were able to record the songs with ease.”
Mitch Sizemore, Hot Donnas
Undoubtedly an act worth celebrating, Hot Donnas have a bright & intense future ahead. With international borders reopening and live music returning, EP ‘Hot Donnas’ will surely become the underground-anthem of sweaty dive-bars, clubs & pubs from Dunedin to Darwin!
PRAISE FOR HOT DONNAS
“Hot Donnas are at their best – crafting spirited, grunge-indebted indie rock that’s as distinctive as it is blistering”
“Having been on the scene since 2017, Dunedin’s Hot Donnas have quickly made a name for themselves as purveyors of high-class rock and roll music. Starting with a band by way of their Greek Yoghurt and Dirty Paradise albums, it became crystal clear that Hot Donnas have plenty of material left in the tank.”
“Hot Donnas are one of the most adventurous and versatile acts there are within the rock space right now, and they’re flying New Zealand’s flag pretty damn high.”
“With their new EP arriving later this month, “Fear Me” gives fans a taste of what to expect through its slick lyrics, soaring vocals, and powerful choruses – culminating in the sort of rock bliss they’ve managed to accrue their sizeable fanbase with.”
Rolling Stone Australia
“As someone quite famous once observed, it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll. Dunedin four-piece Hot Donnas don’t necessarily aspire to reach the top, but as frontman Jacob Sydney King tells Richard Thorne, they do most certainly wanna play rock’n’roll.”
NZ Musician Magazine
“We see Hot Donnas’ dynamic presence and strong group identity come through right throughout the other five tracks. Layered guitars and percussion meet expert production (Miss Season, Tube Socks), while grit and attitude are matched well by refined songwriting chops (Beach, Type A).”
Good Call Live
“Hot Donnas have developed a super unique sound for themselves, not just from their cocktail of genres but also coming from the little production choices. We strongly recommend making this record the soundtrack of your afternoon!”
“Heady rock’n’roll tied up in one. Grinding guitars build the pace on this body-moving track about overthinking, indecision and squaring up those good and bad influences.”
The AU Review
“Music primed to get bodies moving, heads banging and brains hooked on their infectious melodies and fired up rock attitude. The perfect dose of rock serotonin.”