Vallery Jean | Mark Davis, Getty Images Fat Joe is wearing his heart on his sleeve…
- Posted on Jul 9th 2007 3:00PM by Steve Baltin
Lest fans worry the album will be a mope-y dirge on lost love, Bays says the album rocks hard in places, including 'My Best Fiends,' which he describes as "Adam Ant meets Zeppelin.": Another Bays favorite is 'Outta Heart.' "[It's] almost like Flaming Lips, Pixies-ish," he explains. "That song is so layered -- there's a full orchestra playing over it. It's probably the most non-Hot Hot Heat song on the album, but it's beautiful."
Heat incorporated a myriad of influences on the record, including Sufjan Stevens, who inspired 'Let Me In.' "I'll get really obsessed with someone for like a week and a song will come out of it at the end," Bays says. "It was after pretty much only listening to [Sufjan] nonstop for a week. And the song sounds absolutely nothing like him -- it couldn't be further from that."
Bays credits in part Stevens and Devotchka -- both of whom he became enamored with after seeing 'Little Miss Sunshine' -- for renewing his love affair with music. "When I work at figuring out how to become musically inspired again, it's almost like I'm high," he says. "It's all I can think about. I can't sleep at night and first thing in the morning, I wake up and I pick up my guitar. I've just realized that is what brings me the most happiness."