NYC’s Hotline TNT sign to Third Man Records

Today Hotline TNT, the New York-based project of indie stalwart Will Anderson, announces their signing to Third Man Records, and presents their new single/video, “Protocol.” 

Hotline TNT’s 2021 debut on California taste-making label Smoking Room – Nineteen in Love – embodied his devotion to strong hooks and distortion, dripping like sour honey. The group toured relentlessly, enduring seemingly endless lineup shifts to become a linchpin of several interconnecting DIY scenes. Their audience steadily ballooned, with Nineteen in Love becoming a coveted LP. It remains an inspiring document of (and to) blown-out beauty. 

“Protocol” is sun-swept and sad, as if frowning in the middle of a party. Like Teenage Fanclub battling Jesu for speaker space, a jubilant guitar jangle and arching melody counter shards of noise and a punishing rhythm section. Of the video, director Fiona Kane says “It’s a rock n roll push and pull silent comedy for summer. The most important parts of summer are beating the heat and listening to rock music.”

Of the track, Anderson adds: “This song is about falling on a sword — sometimes you just gotta hold an L even when in your heart of hearts you know it’s not fair. Saving the relationship is worth taking the blame now and again.”

Following a sold out show at The Lexington with label-mates Island Of Love last month, Hotline TNT will return to the UK in November for a string of dates around further new material, including a performance form Pitchfork London.


Mon. Nov. 6 – Glasgow, UK @ Hug & Pint w/ Snõõper
Tue. Nov. 7 – Manchester, UK @ YES Basement w/ Snõõper
Wed. Nov. 8 – Newcastle, UK @ Bobiks
Thu. Nov. 9 – Sheffield, UK @ Delicious Clam 

Fri. Nov. 10 – London, UK @ George Tavern
Sat. Nov. 11 – London, UK @ Pitchfork Festival London


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