Julian Bargen – vocals-guitars
Joe Warkentin – lead guitar
Kurtis Wittmier – bass
Mike Johnson - drums
You wanna piece of the action? The Hot Live Guys bring the action. They are a rock ‘n’ roll guitar terrorist squad with nothing on their minds but bringing the party to the people and making the collective masses shake their asses to the frenzied attack which is a Hot Live Guys show.
The quartet of 20-something Winnipeggers have been making a huge noise in their hometown since solidifying their lineup in 2002. In that time they have opened for such notable acts as The Supersuckers, Von Zippers, C’mon, Tricky Woo, Forbidden Dimension and The Illuminati.
Live they are a force to be reckoned with mightier than any trailer park destroying hurricane. Vocalist-guitarist Julian Bargen is a frantic bundle of energy set to blow at any second. Lead guitarist Joe Warkentin is one of the city’s most remarkable guitar players – one part Angus Young, one part daredevil - who pays no heed to the damage he inflicts on his body. Warkentin has been known to fall off stages, finish his solo and get back to the microphone just in time to sing backup. Many have wondered if this young man’s bones are made of rubber. The yin to Warkentin’s yang is skillful bassist Kurtis Wittmier; a towering mass of pure fury who beats his instrument like it owes him money. Backing this crew is Mike “White Dawg” Johnson on drums. The reason behind the nickname is unclear, but he is truly a rabid kit man who has been known to sacrifice his body for the rock cause, most notably during the band’s sold out 2005 JunoFest showcase when he required thirty stitches following a back flip off his bass drum.
If you want blood, this band has got it.
But they are more than a spectacle – the Hot Live Guys can pen a song. They have the uncanny knack to write sexually charged anthems filled with infectious riffage. Now they are ready to send the party home with their new eight-song EP, Robbin’ a Bank, released on high-octane label Transistor 66. This ain’t no washed over retread of the same old grunge; this is the true spirit of what made rock dangerous in the first place. If spins of their past releases on local university stations UMFM and CKUW are any indication, Robbin’ a Bank should dominate the airwaves this summer and have soccer moms everywhere singing along to tracks like Night Danger, Sock It To Me and Soviet Red.
They have also made members of the local media take notice.
The Hot Live Guys were named one of the Top 30 Winnipeg bands of all time by the Winnipeg Sun in 2005, chosen as one of 10 local bands to watch in 2006 by the Winnipeg Free Press and were dubbed one of the best live Winnipeg bands by both publications.
Hear it for yourself. Join the new rawk ‘n’ roll revolution. Come party with the Hot Live Guys.
On the web: www.hotliveguys.ca