Written by: Warren Gordon
Odds are, you are a university/college student who has lived his/her/their life thinking you know what rock music is. Fact is? You do not know rock music until you have experienced Hot X Proxy.
Hot X Proxy (pronounced Hawt B’y Proxee) are a four-piece rock group hailing from The Rock. They consist of Lucas “Codeman” Coady (lead vocals, guitar), Chris “Hollywood Hot Jupiter” Hynes (guitar, backing vocals), Paul “Brace of Bass” Brace (bass guitar), and Jamie “Jimmy Noise” Noseworthy (drums). Hynes is a Philosophy and Psychology graduate, while Coady and Noseworthy completed Engineering degrees all at Memorial.
Coady says that the band will leave a certain taste in your mouth. “Hot X Proxy is the feeling that you get when the dentist cleans your teeth, and you run your tongue across the front of them. At the root of it all, however, it is a band of a bunch of buddies that get along great. We write some pretty sweet tunes, and have a fun time doing it,” said Coady. Brace adds that the band tries to add the element of fun into their showmanship. “[We] definitely [do] not take ourselves too seriously. It’s all about having fun, it’s about bringing rock’n’roll back to St. John’s. The band is all about showing attitude, theatrics and showcasing good songs. We try to put on a performance. We [consider] ourselves a lot like Spinal Tap or a new age of the Wonderful Grand Band,” said Brace. A Hot X Proxy show has something for everyone, as Hynes points out. “We introduce a flavour of rock and roll that lines up with the everyday, hardworking rahrah 9-5 weekend warrior. We’re not afraid to dive into that crowd. Everyone is welcome to a Hot X Proxy show. Hopefully people have fun while watching us, because that’s a big goal of ours: entertainment. People work hard, and want to spend their money to be entertained. That’swhere we come in,” said Hynes.
On October 1, 2015, the band debuted their very first album, “That’s Hot X Proxy” to much praise. The six track release cemented Hot X Proxy into the St. John’s scene. “It’s been a great piece for us, as far as getting our name out there. Obviously having a hard product, really helps you be an entity in the scene,” said Coady. Hynes adds that the album is in the past and that the band can move forward with plans for a new release. “It’s over now, we’re proud of it. We are really stoked and looking forward to the next [release]. A lot of the songs we wrote for that record have grown since [Brace] has come into the mix, and that’s awesome for us. We’re not sick of playing it, but it is time for a new one,” said Hynes. The band is keeping up with the common trend in today’s music by recording an album on their own. Brace says that they are on the hunt for a producer. “We plan on tracking and engineering the album ourselves. We’re looking for a producer; someone who can channel all of our huge personalities and make it so we don’t take each other’s heads off in the recording process. The recording process can be very stressful, but most of it is very fun,” said Brace.
What it means to be Hot X Proxy:
- You’re in touch with how it is, and how it’s supposed to be.
- Showing love to a band you’re playing with
- Keep the fun side of playing music in St. John’s alive.
- Coming at the world with open arms, that’s what it means to be Hot X Proxy.
Previously published in The Muse