Hot Snakes was an American post-hardcore band led by Rick Froberg and John Reis, formed in 1999. Reis and Froberg had previously performed together in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu while living in San Diego, CA during their youth.
Although they share sonic similarities with bands its members had previously been involved with, Hot Snakes' sound was much more punk-influenced than Drive Like Jehu and Pitchfork. Reis and Froberg were also heavily influenced by bands such as Wipers, Suicide, and Michael Yonkers Band, and these influences gave Hot Snakes a distinctive sound. Their songs are much shorter and succinct than Drive Like Jehu, but retain the discordant guitars and singing that define DLJ's best work. Hot Snakes recorded three excellent studio albums, 2000's Automatic Midnight, 2002's Suicide Invoice, and 2004's Audit in Progress....