Band:

Greg Roberson - Drums, Percussion, Songs 
Don Main - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Songs 
Jake Vest - Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Backup Vocals  
Toby Vest - Backup Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards

Discography:

“Lifetime to Lifetime” (Cassette)
Release Date: July 2012

Burger Records BRGR 212/Trashy Creatures Records TCRCS 005 (Limited Edition Cassette)

“Lifetime to Lifetime” (CD)
Release Date: July 2012

Trashy Creatures Records TCRCD 005 

BIOGRAPHY

Hot Freak Nation, led by Greg Roberson (Tiger High, Reigning Sound, Arthur Lee’s Love) and songwriting partner Don Main (The Late Show), is one of two studio projects, featuring Roberson and his fellow Tiger High members—Jake Vest and Toby Vest.

When asked about Hot Freak Nation and the numerous related releases by Tiger High and  The Trashed Romeos, Roberson laughed and said, “No one can accuse us of being lazy. We like to stay busy. If other artists can release two and three records in a year, I figure we can release four in six months. We have our own studio, when we are not touring with Tiger High we are writing and recording. Don and I write constantly, we already have all of the songs for the next two records written and recorded."

Roberson met his songwriting partner Don Main in the legendary Indianapolis watering hole The Red Key, a bar frequented by such legends as Kurt Vonnegut and Going All The Way author Dan Wakefield. In town during a stint as the music supervisor to director Mark Pellington on the film version of Wakefield’s book, Roberson and Main formed an immediate musical bond that day, and within days had written and recorded their first batch of songs.

“It all happened by chance.” Roberson said of his meeting Main. "We were going to be shooting a lot of scenes for Going All The Way at The Red Key because a lot of the book, which is a true story by the way, took place in that bar in 1954. So I dropped by to talk with the owner, who has been a bartender at the Red Key for 70 years, about the music scene in the city back then. It’s like 10:30 in the morning and there are only two guys in the bar drinking their breakfast. They are obviously listening to my conversation with the bartender about music, BBQ, and, my hometown, Memphis. At some point one of the guys asked if I was from Memphis. That was Don."

Hot Freak Nation's 13 song debut, Lifetime To Lifetime, was recorded in Memphis by Toby Vest (Tiger High) at High/Low Recording and produced by Roberson & Main with the help of Toby Vest. The record is available through Trashy Creatures Records (www.trashycreatures.com) and on Cassette through Trashy Creatures Records/Burger Records (www.burgerrecords.org).

RADIO AIRPLAY :

Hot Freak Nation's album "Lifetime To Lifetime" peaked at  #110 on the CMJ Top 200 charts in September 2012

Quotes:

"Nice little unassuming rock/pop record from Don Main (who was formerly the lead singer of little-known early ‘80s power pop combo The Late Show) and Greg Roberson. “Everything is Everything Else” is a sweet melding of garage rock and power pop, and “Never Coming Home” wouldn’t sound out of place on Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Come to think of it, none of this would."

Goldminemag.com April 2014

"These boys drip Memphis credibility, and the blood of pop lyricism flows in their strings and in their veins."

INK19 Carl F. Gauze Jaunuary 2013

 

"8" out of 10 

powerpopaholic.com  October 2012 

". . . they write the sort of crisp and compelling ballads that are Top 40 radio friendly, if there was such a thing as Top 40 radio anymore."

INK19 Carl F. Gauze Jaunuary 2013

 

"Psychedelia meets garage." 

Wlur 91.5 FM Music Review August 2012

 

"Hot Freak Nation`s swirling popster rhythms are a collaboration in mono heaven . . . Lifetime To Lifetime isn’t a nod to distant musical pastures . . . no this is in fact something amazingly fresh and very relevant in today’s ramshackle world of audio downloads"

Mojophenia September 2012

 

“Everything is Everything Else is the wild teen dream lover of the bunch.”

WriteClickCookListen September 2012

"#51 in the Top 125 albums of 2012"

Internationalpopoverthrow.com January 2012

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