Hotwire (band)

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Origin Newbury Park, California
Genres Alternative metal, progressive rock
Years active 1999–2003
Labels RCA Records
Associated acts WarWidow, St Malaclypse, Beware The Idols, Deadbirds, Skyscraper Frontier, Mellowdrone, The Transfatal Express, Fake Figures,

Hotwire was an American alternative metal band from Newbury Park, California.


Hotwire's members met at Newbury Park High School; after recording a few demos, they scored slots opening dates of bands, Will Haven, Strife, Hoobastank, and Audiovent but also garnered large support at the Troubadour in Los Angeles with an extended residency spanning 6 months.[1] They signed with RCA Records in December 2000, they continued to tour taking slots supporting such diverse acts as Mogwai, Ben Harper, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Björk, Darkest Hour, Bloodlet, Wu-Tang Clan, Poison The Well, Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Atreyu. They released a four-track EP in 2002 before issuing their full-length The Routine in the summer of 2003. They followed the release of the album with a slot on the Ozzfest tour that year as well as making time for the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.[1] A single from the album, "Not Today", was a hit on American rock radio, peaking at No. 40 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[2] The band broke up soon after the Ozzfest tour despite accumulating much new material but citing both mismanagement of funds by their management and personal reasons.


Gabriel, Rus and Brian are now under Coming Home Records and all participate in their projects. Gabriel owns Everyday Heaven recording studio.


There was also a never released version of The Routine album, which was recorded during sessions in 2001/2002 and was to be released in 2002. The release of this version of the album was canceled because of creative differences between the label (RCA), producer (Dave Jerden) and the Band's creative vision. Only four songs from this record later appeared on the Band's releases:

  • Re-recorded version of song Clone appeared on Hotwire EP.
  • Re-recorded versions of songs Tweaked and Neuro Girl in various versions appeared both on Hotwire EP and The Routine album released in 2003.
  • Song Prosthetics of Steel has appeared on Japan version of The Routine album released in 2003 as bonus song.

All other songs were turned down and whole album was re-recorded in late 2002 with different track list and then released in 2003.