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"Fully embracing the genre-melding ethos that Hot Hot Heat introduced and Fitz & The Tantrums have expanded on, the band was created as an act of rebellion against creative stagnation and integrates everything from soul, dark funk, and indie rock to make one fun-as-hell album."

For Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat), Jeremy Ruzumna (Fitz and The Tantrums) and Erik Janson (Wildling), Left Field Messiah is their embrace of their internal calling: a rallying cry to document their impulsive, weird, eclectic and even ugly ideas. Their music teeters between soul and dark funk in one moment, and quickly disintegrates into howling rock on the next. Their song “Fuzz Machine,” is perhaps the best example of LFM’s ethos, with lines like “everyday I’m a wreck, cuz rock is dead” swimming between blown out 80s synth stabs, a brittle nylon guitar sample, and harmonica. In this age of endless distraction, we need to embrace our moments of internal rebellion and find a lane to express it. For Bays, Ruzumna and Janson, Left Field Messiah is that—their search for a way out.

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