New Year's 1999
Hot Lava Monster played their first show on New Year’s Eve, 1999, at the now defunct 5-Points bar, McKenzie’s. It was an unlikely occurrence as the band really didn’t have a complete lineup, or songs. Mike recalls, “We had been trying all year to solidify a bass player, and our songs, with little success.
A few weeks before New Year’s, we got offered that gig, but I didn’t see how that would be possible. It wasn’t until that Patrick decided he was going to sing and play bass for that gig that we actually started moving forward as a band. In about three weeks, Patrick learned to play bass, for the most part, and we finished our first songs. And then of course, all we needed was a name."