There's no question that those who flocked to Neumos on Saturday night for the Hot Bodies In Motion Show intended to dance. And dance, they did.
Celebrating the release of their new EP, Principle A, the boys of Hot Bodies were in full effect, delivering a stacked set list that included all of their newer tracks amid a selection of "older" cuts (see: "Old Habits," from their debut EP of the same name).
Channeling their inner James Brown, people of both sexes swayed a little more freely, a bit more uninhibited, a lot more fun to sets by the BGP (celebrating 10 years) and the New Limb before Hot Bodies took the stage. But the real moves came out for the main event.
As a whole, Hot Bodies has also grown immensely with each performance, and on Saturday - playing tighter and more intentional than ever - it showed.
The act has built a reputation in the past six months for playing some of the most fun shows in the city, something one might attribute to vocalist Ben Carson's seamless ability to connect with the crowd. When he sweats, you sweat. And framed by guitarist Scott Johnson's sultry blues riffs, a new level of excitement filled the room.
In addition to original material, the band's reworking of R&B classics continues to be one of the most sought after aspects of their show - as made evident in their fresh take on Blackstreet's "No Diggity," and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" (the latter of which brought friend Allen Stone to the stage).
Built on a foundation of good ol' fashion feel good music, buckets of talent and a growing legion of fans, Hot Bodies are grooming themselves to be the next big thing to break out of Seattle. If you haven't jumped on this soul train yet, you probably should - because it's about to get next level real.