Imagine making a kind of debut that leaves the crowd shook, in all the best ways. Urban Heat Island Effect made such an impression at a Hot Summer Nights show, so…yes. The heat was due to more than just the weather.
Featuring the talents of core members Jonathan Horstmann (BLXPLTN, V3CO) and Kevin D. Naquin (Blastfamous USA, NGHT HCKLRS), the band’s startling musical presence emerges from a rush of darkwave, rock and electro-futureshock firing all the synapses off like missiles. The Horstmann/Naquin collab was meant to be. Add Pax (Dark Palaces) and Jessica Alexander (Bike Problems) to this mix, and you’ve amped up the firestorm.
The band’s been working on new material with producer/musician Jonas Wilson, to be released through Wilson’s label Mr. Pink Records. But you can get a spectacular preview of what’s to come when Urban Heat Island Effect plays tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage, for their cassette single release show following Twin Peaks on the outside stage. Hong Kong Wigs and Glass Grapes join the Heat on the bill.
Doors at 9 p.m. Recommended.
-Photography by Christopher De La Rosa.