Hot Snakes last released an album in 2006, a year after they split up. It was the live Thunder Down Under, which followed on the toes of their Peel Sessions (among the last Peel Session ever recorded), in 2005—parting gifts for a passionately dedicated fanbase. The current Hot Snakes reunion is temporary, with the band as a sonic time capsule from the way you remember them seven years ago. This is by no means a criticism. Rick Froberg and John Reis are two of the great punk-rock singers precisely because they are so nonchalant in their aggression. These guys are abrasive, but they are too busy making music to be pissed. (They both have new bands and new albums.) But the best part of Hot Snakes live just might be drummer Jason Kourkounis, who provides the constantly shifting backdrop for the discordant guitars. REBECCA WILSON Also read our article on Bangs.