Canadian indie rock band Hot Hot Heat has split once again. The news was confirmed in a statement shared on the group’s social media.
What makes the announcement surprising is that Hot Hot Heat only got back together again back in November. The band shared a new single, “Shock Me”, their first in seven years, and there were rumors about them making an album together and embarking on a tour.
In the breakup statement, signed by guitarist Dante DeCaro and drummer Paul Hawley, the group confirmed they intended to release “much more music” and do “some shows and short tours”. However, those plans were scrapped after frontman Steve Bays “came to feel he could not participate”.
DeCaro and Hawley added that they might produce new music together in some capacity in the future.
“Thank you for your love and support. I was so grateful to be back playing with these guys and was also reminded of all the great tunes and experiences we shared over the years that I was in the band, and since. It was a fun, if brief ride that has left a spark still burning,” the duo concluded
Hot Hot Heat was formed in 1999 and released five studio albums together. Over the years, they had accustomed their fans to prolonged years of inactivity. After sharing its fourth studio album, Future Breeds, in 2010, the band went on a semi-hiatus that lasted for five years.
In 2016, Hot Hot Heat released a self-titled fifth studio effort, announcing it would be their final album ever. The group split shortly after and remained inactive until their surprising reunion last year.