Hot Hot Heat's lead singer Steve Bays started out as a drummer, which isn't at all surprising if you're familiar with the Canadian-bred band's brand of danceable alt-rock. His rapid-fire, staccato vocals keep the time just as effectively as the actual drums.

Hot Hot Heat's lead singer Steve Bays started out as a drummer, which isn't at all surprising if you're familiar with the Canadian-bred band's brand of danceable alt-rock. His rapid-fire, staccato vocals keep the time just as effectively as the actual drums.

They broke out in 2003 with the catchy, new-wave-esque "Bandages," and have produced a steady trickle of radio-friendly singles since, like "Middle of Nowhere" and "Harmonicas and Tamourines."

You won't find anything like that on new album "Future Breeds." It's noisy and frantic and not as accessible as their last few offerings.

But the Heat is still as danceable as ever, and their show at The Basement will surely be lots of spastic fun. They'll play with the bluesy Brit rockers 22-20s and fellow Canadians Hey Rosetta.