The Hotcakes

Welcome to the Official Hotcakes Website


Formed from a lucky coincidence of broken-up bands and trans-atlantic flights, The Hotcakes got together in 2007 with a shared desire to bring raucous, sexy rock’n'roll back to the streets of New York, and from there take it to the world. Their instantly arresting, driving sound is unafraid of classic roots (Blondie, Queen), yet never fails to be inventive and unexpected in its dark turns and disco twists. Propelled by singer Erin Marsz’s blistering-yet-beautiful voice, The Hotcakes’ songs are diverse tales of heartbreak, secret agents, ghosts and robots.

The Hotcakes eponymous 2008 EP has sold out its first pressing and garnered the band a licensing deal with MLB team The Cincinnati Reds to have “Paint the Town Red” become the team’s new anthem. The song continues to receive major television and radio play, including MLB TV’s “Hot Stove”, as well as significant play inside The Great American Ballpark, making it an instant fixture in Reds’ culture.

In July of 2009, The Hotcakes were accepted into the Midpoint Music Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the Midwest. The band played two shows at the festival and received outstanding reviews!

Erin is a former member of the New York-based band Tralala (Audika Records) and appears on Moby’s album ‘Last Night’. Matt is the former keyboard player for Windup Records’ The Rideaways. Kevin is 2 parts bass-guitar-rock-god, 1 part sex machine. In addition to laying down his face-melting grooves with the Hotcakes, he is also a member of JDub Records’ very own Sephardic rock sensation, DeLeon. Lee is a former founding member of the NYC-based band Blue Moxie, and is damned glad to meet ya. Nate is a multi-instrumentalist/session musician from Canada whose credits include the likes of Meatloaf and Blues Traveller, among others.

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