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Weird Hot / Press

“Every couple of years, filmmaker/musician/Philebrity commenter Shawn Kilroy comes at us with a new record or band, each more elusively vibe-y than the one before. This week, he unveils his newest creation, Weird Hot, a seven-piece band playing its debut album, Casimir, on Thursday, at Johnny Brenda’s with like-minded locals Gemini Wolf. We’ve cued up Casimir on this fine afternoon, and we have to say that, though it doesn’t bear all that much resemblance sonically, Weird Hot reminds us of Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven-era Love & Rockets. It’s not goth, but it’s not not goth, either. Kind of how The National is like that, too. It’s moody and sexy, cosmopolitan and homegrown all at once. It’s totally its own thing. Casimir is coming out on Philly’s new Ghost Imprint label, a new venture between Kilroy and Jamie Mahon of the Three-4-Tens, which is so new it doesn’t even have a website yet.”

“Artists who followed in the stylish, world-weary tradition of British art rockers David Bowie and Bryan Ferry painted, or hair-gelled, themselves into a corner. Early ’80s New Romantics and the extended Bauhaus scene of musicians also come to mind. Once you’ve seen and done it all, rocking European-cut suits to boot, what’s left to reveal? Who buys modern-day Bowie in 100% unbleached cotton shirts and jeans? Bowie is forced to carry on a public persona that taps into his Thin White Duke elegance. What is the sound of an all-cotton Bowie, Ferry, or Adam Ant, for that matter? Weird Hot, the latest band led by Shawn Kilroy, may help to answer that question on their new album, Casimir. Kilroy and his mates deliver ten elegantly crafted, European-tailored art-pop songs that are unburdened by living up to some legacy of jet-setting, high-life proportions....”

“Shawn Kilroy will debut both his new full seven-piece outfit, Weird Hot and shiny new full-length album Casimir this week at Johnny Brenda's. His first release since 2009’s Hessian Love Songs, Casimir is a schizophrenic melding of disco-funk, moody ‘90s alternative, and dark folk. Suited for a coffee black held by a flannelled arm, new track “Mimeograph” is a grungy and melancholic piece that explodes into an unexpected breakdown of shredding electric, while the macabre “Girls Like The Waitress” exudes the gloomy sensitivity of Elliot Smith with the spine-chilling darkness of Nick Cave and holds a certain epic subtlety not often braved by the everyday indie folkster. Kilroy takes another turn with the jazzy psychedelia of “Jealous,” a multi-layered piece with the lightheartedness of the Shins and the transcendent oddness of Portishead. Weird Hot succeeds in taking a style being performed by the masses and adds unexpected elements that transform it into a style of its o”