After more than a decade of dabbling in creating his own music, the release of new single Rescue Us marks a fresh start and an important stepping stone for Hotstreets.
The band is the performing name of David Amezcua, the former bassist of Awolnation and a member of Hoobastank from 2008 to 2009. Amezcua tells us he has toyed with solo projects for many years but now is the time for it to kick on.
Hotstreets’ new single Rescue Us gives us a good taste of what’s to come, opening up with light vocals “Can you find the words to put out the fire that burns my soul, Can you find a way back to the start where this began, ‘Cause I’m on my way, There’s hell to pay.” The vocals intensify with backing vocals through a light chorus, then drops back into a verse this time with atmospheric backing vocals in support.
It gradually builds up, with heavier drums coming in under drawn-out vocals that bring the track to an atmospheric ending. Give it a listen below:
Q: Who are Hotstreets? And where are you from? What’s the backstory, how did you get together?
DA: “Hotstreets is the solo project of David Amezcua, a former member of the platinum-selling group Awolnation.”
GR: You just released Rescue Us. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
DA: “I hope the take away from this track is that heartbreak can be a real bitch but music can be a nice, healthy remedy. Writing Rescue Us was that for me. I’d hope anyone who listens can find identify or relate in some capacity.”
GR: How would you describe the Hotstreets sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DA: “I started Hotstreets back in 2007 and it has definitely evolved over the years. Actually, I took a major hiatus when I joined and helped mature what became of the group Awolnation, and toured quite extensively with that camp. I released the debut Hotstreets album in 2008, a follow up in 2009 I believe and then began touring with Awol, so it’s nice to be back at it with a fresh start and a new single.”
“I have always liked a good guitar riff, synth or piano part. It’s hard to put a bullseye on it, but I dig the Alt world a lot, including Alt J, Cage, I love Young the Giant and bunch of different old school various artists that help form what Hotstreets is and is becoming.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
DA: “Unfortunately, I am quite the slow writer and am pushing myself to write more consistently now. I typically wait for something to spark, but who the hell has that kind of time?
“In terms of Rescue Us, there is an individual in my life, very close to me, who has had an ‘on again off again’ relationship for years, and the amount of bs this person has had to deal with in this tortured relationship to try and keep everything together for the greater good is rough at best. Rescue Us is an ode to their struggle, and anyone else dealing with anything similar.
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DA: “I LOVE Toto, Steely Dan, Chicago and a lot of music in that vein, but I also LOVE riff-driven groups like Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, newer groups like Black Keys, Rap, singer-songwriters… Damn man, I love it all. I don’t think there’s been a heavier release than Childish Gambino’s This is America in recent years.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
DA: “I am writing/recording a new Hotstreets Ep right now that I aim to release by spring of 2020! No gigs for the remainder of the year, but keep an eye on 2020.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
DA: “I hope the reader of this interview gives Hotstreets a listen and enjoys what they hear! Much more to come. Thank you GigRadar for having me! It’s been a pleasure.”