Hotspur moving beyond local band status

Lately, things have been heating up for the local rock band Hotspur.

Since singer/songwriter Joe Mach and keyboardist Dave Trichter formed the band after graduating from the University of Maryland in 2004, Hotspur has become an independent success story.

The five-piece group's second full-length album, "You Should Know Better By Now," was picked up by area Best Buy stores, and the band has drawn several hundred people to shows at Rams Head Live and the 9:30 Club. In July, Hotspur won the NMS Artist on the Verge contest, netting the band about $50,000 worth of merchandise and equipment.

"It's been a little crazy," Mach said. "We've had a lot going on but that's a good thing."

Friday, they'll return to the 9:30 Club as headliners. Now, with their careers starting to take off, Mach and the rest of the band are open to the idea of signing with a major label, he said.


"The minute we got our first video on mtvU as an unsigned act, it sort of opened my eyes. I thought, 'Maybe we can actually pull this off without a label.' … But being able to get yourself into that national spotlight, that's where you need the money and distribution that only a major label has. We're still very much looking for a label."


"We fall somewhere between pop and rock. We're a rock band, but there are synths and the melodies and music are very much pop-driven. We've been spending the summer writing music. We have several labels that are interested, and we're writing with them in mind.

"Everybody is trying to make Gaga rock right now. I think we've been treading that line of trying to write what we love and the music we want to make but then also being influenced by what's out there — what people are grasping onto. It's very easy to latch onto that. But in the long run, we're trying to stick to our guns."

Hotspur performs Friday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $15. Call 877-435-9849 or go to

Sam Sessa

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