Drawing on the sounds of anthemic 70s punk and neon-drenched 80s new wave, Oakland’s The Hot Takes have unleashed their electrifying brand of indie rock on the Bay Area and beyond with the release of their self-titled debut EP.

Inspired by such acts as The Clash, The Killers, and Arcade Fire, The Hot Takes’ new EP follows the band’s mantra of creating powerful, compelling songs that unite the familiar and future. The band’s music maintains a punk-inspired urgency and intensity with dance rhythms of an 80s new wave nightclub, and vocals that toe the line between raw and evocative.


All songs were written, arranged, and produced by The Hot Takes. Recorded during the pandemic, the five-song EP was mixed by Dan Konopka of acclaimed indie rock band OK Go and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Mark Christensen of Engine Room Audio.

The Hot Takes are Jared Savas (vocals, guitar), Chad Roxxit (drums), Kyle Smith (guitar, synthesizer), Dan Wade (bass, vocals). Since the EP was recorded, the band has also added Gillian Eichenberger (synthesizer, vocals) to its lineup.

Whether onstage or online, prepare to drop dead on the dance floor when The Hot Takes hit you with their dynamic new wave-indie rock.