Amplified HeatJim Ortiz: guitar/vocals Gian Ortiz: bass/vocals Chris Ortiz: drums Formed into Amplified Heat in 2003 after a 7 year existence as Blues Condition. Debut EP release in 2003, signed to Arclight Records in 2004. Recorded label debut "In For Sin" and followed with a North American tour with Dixie Witch in October of the same year. Continuosly playing in Texas and in regional states. Toured with Lions from Austin Texas on the Lions N’ Heat Tour 2006 with plans of going out again in the near future. Amplified Heat debut EP will be re-issued on Arclight Records and release in April 2007. Completed second full length album and will be out late summmer 07. Listen at Last.fm
Travis first met these boys when they were Blues Condition in ‘98 or ’99. They opened up for his band, Flipside Den, and blew ’em off the fuckin’ stage. So we figured we had to get these guys as drunk as we could so they could play worse. That ended up backfiring on us and they just played crazier and put on an even better show. In getting drunk and rowdy together, a bond was forged. There were some highs and lows and they kinda hit a wall a few years later. They were still blowing everybody off the stage, mind you, but their name started hindering their progress. People who were going to the rock joints wouldn’t show for a band whose name started with “Blues.” They also ran plenty of blues enthusiasts outta blues bars after the first note. The ones who stuck around ‘til the last note probably couldn’t believe they were seeing the Ortiz Boys wrecking what was left of their vintage gear.
Then we heard these cats changed their name to Amplified Heat and they were playing a lot faster. Then we heard their e.p. and it was the cat’s ass. Then we heard they got signed to Arclight Records. Then we heard they were recording a full-length at Republic Studios. Then we heard they were on a U.S.tour with Dixie Witch for 6 weeks. Then we heard "In For Sin" and it confirmed what we already knew…..
….Amplified Heat is the best fucking band in the world and the world is about to find out
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