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Album Review

On this follow-up to their fine debut, If I Knew Now What I Knew Then, Hot Rod Circuit refines their sound, tightening things up and only vaguely approximating the oft-compared emo-core artists like the Get Up Kids. The melodic focus and energy of the group's indie pop (not to mention eventual label affiliation with emo's greatest names on Vagrant Records) solicit the obvious comparisons, but Hot Rod Circuit (guitarist/vocalist Andy Jackson, guitarist Casey Prestwood, bassist, Jay Russel, and drummer, Wes Cross) deserves credit for more than their casual resemblances. Tracks like "This Is Not the Time or Place" illustrate the band's own unique songwriting and performance abilities, that while ordinary in their arrangement almost defy description. As the 21st century arrived to a chorus of sexualized child pop stars and extreme rap/metal pointlessness, If It's Cool With You It's Cool With Me charted the strong development of Hot Rod Circuit, a band that held enormous promise and (with only a few others) the very relevance of rock in their guitar cases.

Customer Reviews


sure, production on the newer releases is clearly different and some might say better, however this album has an organic rock and roll sound. I heard them live and then bought the cd and they sounded just like they had on stage. This CD also has some of their best performances on it, like Power of The Vitamins, This is Not the Time or the Place and Cool With Me. They came out with this just too late to be punk, but they were too punk to be grunge. It was a time when Emo wasn't a genre and was typically used as a derrogotory term aimed at emotionally focused songwriting. However, even by today's standards they aren't emo. Just plain old ROCK AND ROLL.

COOL WITH ME, one of the best songs ever

this album is one of the best albums made around the time it came out. this is real emo/rock. the emo/rock before everyone started hating emo/rock!!!!! the song cool with me was played over and over when this album came out. this music is true music!! inspiring music!!! it shaped the way i played my guitar and rocked out!!! thanks HRC


Formed: 1997 in Auburn, AL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Originally from Auburn, AL, Hot Rod Circuit comprised Andy Jackson (vocal, rhythm guitar), Casey Prestwood (lead guitar, vocals), Jay Russel (bass, vocals), and Wes Cross (drums), and could be compared to other post-grunge emo rock bands such as Jawbox and the Get Up Kids. In their earlier days, Hot Rod Circuit was known as Antidote, under which name they released the album Mr. Glenbowski. The album earned the group a 1998 Best Unsigned Band Award from Musician magazine. Shortly after the award,...
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