I remember walking into the Moshi Moshi Records showcase a few SXSWs ago (was it 2006 or ’07?) right as Hot Club De Paris kicked into their sped-up, prog-zany song “Sometimesitsbetternottostickbitsofeachotherineachotherforeachother”. You could imagine the heat they generated in the room and the blushes on ladies’ cheeks. I’ve been in love with the band ever since, and not just for their technical rock prowess. Ah, these witty Brits have panache.

Liverpool’s Hot Club de Paris are now on the eve of releasing their latest album, the self-recorded and produced Free The Pterodactyl 3, with the band’s North American debut being made available digitally January 18th. This unique release will also feature songs taken from their two well-lauded and fabulously-titled previously released 10″ EPs, With Days Like This As Cheap As Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want To Work?, and The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band.

Listen here to the title track “Free The Pterodactle 3″

NME has aptly described them as sounding like “3 bands playing at once. Fortunately all of those bands are fucking awesome.” But hell no, it’s just the trio Hot Club de Paris, composed of Paul Rafferty (vocals/bass/baritone), Matthew Smith guitar/vocals) and Alasdair Smith (drums/vocals).