Hot Feet are a four-piece band who combine folk-influenced melodies with rootsy blues-rock instrumentation. Marianne Parish’s Denny-esque vocals soar and glide above a band who have been crafting sympathetic grooves and riffs around her melodies since their school days. Hot Feet have been tipped for greatness by Guy Garvey and described as “one of the best bands out there today” by Folk Radio UK.
The band gained national radio support when Marc Riley stumbled across them at a gig and invited them in for a live session on BBC 6 Music. Having toured nationally, played many festivals, including Glastonbury on three occasions, done live sessions for two national BBC radio stations and numerous internet TV channels such as ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris’s ‘Under the Apple Tree’, they have built an accomplished live set.
Drummer, Rob, is quick to point out that the band’s successes to date are in large part owed to the musical community they have found, both at home in Stroud and around the UK: “The network of family and friends that we have grown amongst is like our foundation, keeping our heads all in the same place. In other words, we’ve got roots! And the music has grown and evolved around that.”
Hot Feet’s music has been described as occupying “a strange hinterland where the modified blues of Plant and Page dances with the esoteric folk rock of Fairport.” Hot Feet’s regard for the folk-revival greats was in early evidence as Marianne and Jack chose Sandy Denny’s ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’ for their first public performance together, but whilst they often draw comparisons with the bands of the late-sixties and early-seventies, the band are keen to stress that their influences are much wider, citing acts as diverse as Muddy Waters, Joy Division, Fleetwood Mac and Radiohead.
Whilst Hot Feet are working on their debut album, shows remain a focus for 2016, as not only does the trial and error element of airing new material help with honing and refining their set, but also they feel there’s always plenty to learn from other acts with whom they share the stage.