Patience is key for The Hot Sprockets

The Hot Sprockets: 'Make sure your output is good, and your music is the best it can be,' says Wayne Soper of the group.
The Hot Sprockets: 'Make sure your output is good, and your music is the best it can be,' says Wayne Soper of the group.

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The Hot Sprockets are a band who wear their rock and roll hearts on their sleeves and they also bring their own indie swagger to the genre. The Dublin quintet play Monroe’s Live next Friday, May 18, hot on the heels of the release of their second album, Dream Mover.

Cold Cold Sweat is the latest single from the album, and is accompanied by a hilarious, rip-roaring video. This sees the band ramble around Dublin, getting involved in some hairy moments before concluding with a house party.  The clip is a great watch and is well worth seeking out.

Best of all, from the perspective of a band that formed more than a decade ago, emerging from the garage scene, it didn’t take long to put together.

“That one was actually relatively quick to the other ones we’ve done,” says singer and guitarist Wayne Soper. “I think we thought of the idea over two or three meetings with our friend Joey, who helped us create it. In the video, some of the scenes on the street are in Crumlin and then we walk into town. We just had two cars, a camera and the five lads – and we just went hell for leather. It was three weeks of planning, and two weeks of shooting.”

Dream Mover is a record bursting with ambition and great hooks, and points to a band who are well versed in rock ‘n’ roll music from the 1960s and ’70s.  It has a big sound and polish that suggest the band are hoping to make a bigger impact this time around.

They certainly invested more time and energy in its creation

“We spent the longest on this one,” Wayne says.  “We honed down the sound a little bit more – we actually recoded the album the whole way through as a demo, twice, before we went to a studio. So, we had lots of different sounds and even different lyrics. We did a lot more planning with production before we went in because you can’t be spending money on a studio when you don’t know what you’re doing.

“We had the studio booked to do two tracks but we’d already recorded them a couple of times, and knew all the little mistakes and parts, and also what amp to use with what guitar, on which part of the song – we had all that figured out,” he explains.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.