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Montreal isn’t impossibly far from New York, so it isn’t too surprising that even a cursory listen to Heat’s recently released 7-song EP, Rooms, reveals strains of The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed’s solo output, The Voidoids’ strident downtown-Punk energy and The Strokes’ update on the whole shooting match. Of course, that would just be emulation and hero worship without original ideas, and Heat has those in abundance, not to mention attitude for days (vocalist/guitarist Susil Sharma laces five of Rooms’ seven tracks with completely appropriate and non-gratuitous f-bombs). Between familiar influences and unique translation, Heat is cool as fuck.

YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Richard Hell and Lloyd Cole organize an Indie Rock tribute to Lou Reed, who haunts it until being invited to join on ghost guitar. (BB)

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