SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

August 27, 2007 09:00 ET

New Album From Hot Hot Heat -- "Happiness LTD." -- Due September 11th on Sire Records

Lead-Off Single "Let Me In" Available Now on iTunes; Band Hits the Road September 15th for Extensive North American Tour

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - Sire Records will release the third album from Hot Hot Heat, entitled "Happiness LTD.," on September 11, 2007. The album is the band's first since 2005's well-received "Elevator," which spawned the Modern Rock radio hits "Middle of Nowhere" and "Goodnight Goodnight."

Hot Hot Heat have already appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" performing the album's lead-off single "Let Me In," which is currently available for purchase on iTunes. They will also appear on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on September 7th and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on September 14th.

The band, which has been making the rounds of the UK festival circuit this summer, will launch an extensive North American tour beginning September 15th in Los Angeles at KROQ's L.A. Invasion alongside Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters. The tour continues through October 30th. See below for dates.

While "Happiness LTD." retains Hot Hot Heat's trademark playful melodies and witty wordplay, frontman Steve Bays says that what started out as a modest, live-sounding effort ended up being the band's most adventurous and experimental album yet. "It's difficult to describe its overall musical direction, but if I had to choose two adjectives I'd go with 'big' and 'aggressive,'" he says. "As a band, we got most excited about the over-the-top, epic-sounding songs, so we kept pushing the tracks that way. The album has its fair share of seedy club songs, but they are dirtier and darker."

Lyrically, the album is about struggling to hold on to optimism and innocence in the wake of having your heart crushed. "It covers the journey from bliss to misery and the attempt to get back to bliss, while acknowledging how exciting the ride can be in between," Bays says. "There's an arc to the record as a whole; it almost comes across like a film, musically and lyrically."

"Happiness LTD." -- Hot Hot Heat's first album with guitarist Luke Paquin, who joined the group after the departure of guitarist Dante DeCaro -- was co-produced by the band, which also includes drummer Paul Hawley and bassist Dustin Hawthorne, and an array of top-notch producers including former Marvelous 3 frontman Butch Walker, legendary mixer Tim Palmer (U2, David Bowie, the Cure), and Rob Cavallo, known for his work with Green Day and My Chemical Romance. "Like every album we've done, 'Happiness' feels drastically different than our previous ones," Bays says. "We put a lot of emphasis on surprise this time around. There are lots of twists and turns and unpredictable arrangements and instrumentation choices -- yet somehow it maintains an overall timelessness."

To view streaming video of Hot Hot Heat's brand-new video for "Let Me In," as well as footage of the band in the studio making "Happiness LTD.," please visit their official YouTube channel:

Upcoming tour dates for Hot Hot Heat are as follows:

9/15/2007  Los Angeles, CA      KROQ LA Invasion at The Home Depot Center
9/18/2007  Vancouver, BC        Commodore Ballroom
9/20/2007  Victoria, BC         Sugar
9/22/2007  Seattle, WA          Endfest at Qwest Field
9/23/2007  Bend, OR             Domino Room
9/24/2007  Portland, OR         Wonder Ballroom
9/26/2007  San Diego, CA        Soma
9/28/2007  Ventura, CA          Majestic Ventura Theatre
9/29/2007  Queen Creek, AZ      Edgefest at Schnepf Farms
10/1/2007  Denver, CO           Gothic Theatre
10/3/2007  Minneapolis, MN      Fine Line Music Café
10/4/2007  Chicago, IL          The Vic
10/5/2007  Detroit, MI          St. Andrews Hall
10/7/2007  Montreal, QC         Club Soda
10/8/2007  Toronto, ON          Kool Haus
10/10/2007 Burlington, VT       Higher Ground
10/11/2007 Boston, MA           Paradise Rock Club
10/13/2007 New York, NY         Webster Hall
10/14/2007 Philadelphia, PA     The Fillmore at The Theatre of Living Arts
10/15/2007 Baltimore, MD        Rams Head Live!
10/17/2007 Atlanta, GA          Center Stage Theatre
10/18/2007 Orlando, FL          The Social
10/19/2007 Ft. Lauderdale, FL   Culture Room
10/20/2007 Saint Petersburg, FL State Theatre
10/22/2007 Houston, TX          Meridian Red Room
10/23/2007 Austin, TX           Emo's
10/24/2007 Dallas, TX           Granada Theater
10/27/2007 Tucson, AZ           Rialto Theatre
10/30/2007 San Francisco, CA    The Fillmore

Contact Information