Raw punk powerhouse HotWax are ripping up the template and ripping up stages across the UK. With a handful of self released tracks, and barely out of school, Tallulah Sim-Savage (vocals and guitar), Lola Sam (bass) and Alfie Sayers (drums) are already confirmed to share festival stages with Queens of the Stone Age, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Strokes this summer and their rarified live energy and sound has already won them the support of Nova Twins, Wolf Alice and Jack Saunders.
Forging post-punk, grunge and alternative rock, HotWax have created a sound that is both unique and familiar, from the expressive, explosive snarl of vocalists like Karen O and Courtney Love, to the youthful, irreverent zest of Wet Leg, and the unruly, down-low guitar sound peddled by grunge greats Nirvana and Mudhoney.
HotWax have been building their stagecraft since their early teens, delivering high-energy and dynamic live performances with a powerhouse of a rhythm section, bass lines that twist and turn, and superfuzz guitar. Having cut their teeth locally in Hastings, and later in Brighton’s punkier scene, HotWax’s earliest incarnations began when Tallulah and Lola were 12, both from musical families they were thrown together to form a band so they could take part in a competition in their hometown.
Fast forward to 2023 and they’re a fully formed trio with huge riffs and dynamite lyrics that pull from Tallulah and Lola’s relationship and their own experiences and thoughts about guilt, love, contraception, global warming, teenage years and womanhood. Tallulah and Lola hope to be known first and foremost as musicians who “love playing live”. Tallulah explains, “I can’t think of anything that makes us feel more excited. I really really change. I completely feel like a different person.”
HotWax will be taking their show on the road throughout 2023 with a mini tour in March then supporting Pearl Hearts across UK and Europe in May. This summer they’ll be appearing on high-profile bills including London’s All Points East (alongside The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs), as well as releasing their first EP ‘A Thousand Times’, a blistering hit of searing riff-led rock.
HotWax harness the firepower of the grunge pioneers, with great songwriting and musicianship, they possess the imaginative brilliance to stake out a new landscape in guitar music.