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Hot Hot Heat, ‘Future Breeds’ (Dangerbird)

Back on an indie after 2007’s polished Happiness Ltd. failed to turn them into the Ting Tings (or whomever), Hot Hot Heat crank the guitars and boost the synth squelch on their liveliest album since 2002’s Make Up the Breakdown. The songs here aren’t as memorable as those early semi-hits (“Bandages,” “Talk to Me, Dance With Me”); and some, like the fuzz-funk title track, suggest unfinished sketches. But yelpy frontman Steve Bays keeps the energy high; he’s convinced of the material’s strength, even when you’re not.