Shelby Fields saw Hot Flash Heat Wave FOUR times on their spring tour
Hot Flash Heat Wave, a dream pop band hailing from San Francisco, embarked on a U.S.
winter/spring tour to promote their newest EP, Mood Ring,which came out February of this year.
The band is made up of Adam Abildgaard, Nick Duffy, and Ted Davis. Hot Flash gained
popularity with the release of their debut album Neapolitan and their single “Gutter Girl” in
Having never seen them before, the first show I attended on this tour was on March 5th at
Everybody Hits in Philadelphia, a batting cage turned part-time venue. As soon as I walked into the small
room, there were people batting in the back while the band was setting up. I was a little skeptical about a
show held in this environment, but as soon as the house lights turned off, the string lights
turned on, and all the batters cleared out, I was sold. Field Trip, another band from California, started off
the night with a dreamy set. I was mesmerized by the lead singer’s voice. Even though I did not
know any of the songs, I couldn’t help but sway and smile during the entire set. What really
caught my attention was that the drummer and lead singer, Noah Champ; something you don’t see every day.
I thought that they were a perfect opener for Hot Flash because both bands’ music flowed perfectly together.
After Field Trip was done, a second band called Early Eyes played. Their set was a lot more
energetic, which the crowd appreciated. After we were all warmed up, it was finally time for
Hot Flash. While waiting, I heard people around me in the crowd talking about which songs they
were excited to hear. I heard things like, “Dirty Dreamer is going to be so good,” and “I hope
they play Gutter Girl!” After a long wait, the band came on around 10pm. Davis slowly walked
up to the mic and started to sing “Trust,” a song from their newest EP. My mouth quickly
dropped and I turned to my friends with shock and surprise on my face. I had no idea how good
this band actually was.
Their set was filled with a perfect mix of dreamy songs to sway to like “Glo Ride” and absolute
bangers to mosh to like “Malibu.” Davis and Abildgaard took turns as lead singer which gave the
show variety. Both have very different voices and singing styles but when put together, sound
beautiful. The stage presence of the entire band was remarkable; both Davis and Abildgaard
were not afraid to get into the crowd. To close the night they played “Blue,” which was the
perfect song to end on. Jared Johnson, who plays with the band while touring, pulled out his
accordion which made the crowd go crazy. While the crowd was moshing, Davis jumped right in
and moshed with us. After the show, the band stayed around and talked to the fans to show their
Right after the show I knew I had to see them again, so I decided to go to three other shows on
this tour. Even though it was the same set as the previous show, each one was different in its own
way. I’m glad I got to experience this magical show in different cities and environments.