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Past Shows

Wed. February 17th 2016
@  Fox Cabaret Vancouver BC (No Minors)
A Benefit for Squid Catlow, Hot Panda, Library, Devin Townsend Band
Tue. December 2nd 2014
The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver BC (No Minors)
The Ataris, Teenage Kicks, Hot Panda, Greatest Sons
Sat. July 5th 2014
The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver BC (No Minors)
Hot Panda, Altered by Mom
Thu. May 22nd 2014
The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver BC (No Minors)
JP Maurice, The Tourist Company, Hot Panda, Pineapple, The Broken Mirrors, LOVECoast
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Hot Panda

pop from Vancouver BC
other sites: myspace
Available for Shows/Gigs - Confirmed: May. 8, 2016 (Awaiting Update)

Contact Details

Chris Connelly
By way of Edmonton, and now living in Vancouver, Mint recording artists Hot Panda recorded their sophomore album, How Come I'm Dead?, in less than a week during the midst of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic chaos, mostly live off the floor with few takes and overdubs, care of John Collins and David Carswell at JC/DC Studios. The band wanted it to sound alive, spontaneous, lo-fi, and playful, in line with the vibrant quirkiness of similar records by Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, and The Flaming Lips. There are also lots of different 'slapped together' tidbits and half-songs, so it should not sound overproduced or over-rehearsed. You can tell the band just had fun writing these tunes, and that's the most honest thing about it.

On How Come I'm Dead?, you'll find dreamy noise, circus freak dance numbers, heartbreaking country ballads with screeching metal guitar solos, lovely pop harmonies, psychadelic drones, and straight up pop/rock numbers. There is even a grindy techno song and a hip-hop track, which includes a bass scratch solo and enough f-bombs to earn them an adult content warning sticker.

The album title came from an obscure book found in a thrift store while touring. With Chris Connelly reflecting on the isolation of long distance relationships and life on the road, the album expresses the loss of the sense of having a home, made extra-weird with things like Facebook that constantly remind you of all the things you're missing in all the places you're not. It feels a bit like being a ghost, being able to see and hear people you love carrying on with their lives and not being able to partake in it. Yet, there is a sense of lightheartedness throughout the record, with enough common threads that the Hot Panda-ness still shines bright.
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Current Lineup

Chris Connellyvocals, guitar2006-present
Maghan Campbelldrums, vocals2006-present
Heath Parsonsaccordion, keyboards, guitar, vocals2008-present
Catherine Hiltzbass guitar, trumpet, vocals2010-present

Past Members

Mike Robertson2006-2008
Keith Olsenbass2006-2009
Status: Available for Shows/Gigs
- Last confirmed May. 8, 2016