Press Kit

Greetings, Press Person!

Doing some PR and need some Hot Breakfast! fodder? You’ve come to the right place.

Below you’ll find handy links to our one-page marketing slick, a list of our CDs available, hi-res photos, our logo, a link to some videos that show what we do (and our typical crowd response), and all sorts of bios, blurbs, and a FAQ for you to pilfer for print. We want to make your job easier.

If you have any questions, or if you need something that isn’t here, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we’re friendly and we want to get you what you need.

Email is the best way to reach us: awesomesauce@hot-breakfast.com — using this email address ensures that we both receive your message.

Thanks!

Matt and Jill


PDF DOWNLOADS

Hot Breakfast One-Page Slick.pdf: This marketing slick includes our bio, a few photos, a list of venues at which we’ve performed, and contact information.

Hot Breakfast! PK Fact Sheet.pdf This one-page “fact sheet” shows where we’ve played, our typical draw, the awards we’ve won, and our discography. It also includes our contact information. We use this sheet to show promoters that we can pull in a crowd.

Hot Breakfast! Stage Setup.pdf: This one-page sheet describes our preferred stage setup and technical requirements. (Green M&Ms and pyrotechnics not necessary.)


Videos

Hot Breakfast! “Hole In Your Pants” One of our signature dorky songs, recorded at our sold-out album release party in May 2013 at World Cafe Live at the Queen. We just uploaded this, hence the small number of views… don’t judge. 🙂 (Video opens in a new window.)

Hot Breakfast! covers the classic Styx song “Mr. Roboto”. This was also recorded at our sold-out album release party in May 2013 at World Cafe Live at the Queen. Same caveat applies: We just uploaded this, hence the small number of views… don’t judge. 🙂 (Video opens in a new window.) For another look at “Mr. Roboto”…

Hot Breakfast! plays “Mr. Roboto” at all-acoustic gig in Philly. On July 3, 2015, Hot Breakfast! performed an exclusive gig with the legendary punk band The Dead Milkmen at Crash Bang Boom in Philly. The all-acoustic show (no mics or amps) celebrated the 10th anniversary of Crash Bang Boom, the fantastic punk clothing store formerly known as Zipperhead. (Video opens in a new window.)

Hot Breakfast! makes a submission to NPR’S Tiny Desk Contest with their song “It Only Takes Two to Rock.” Recorded in the “great room” of Knappshack Studios. (Video opens in a new window.)

Hot Breakfast! plays “Kiss Off” by the Violent Femmes It’s rare that we play cover tunes, but this sold-out crowd at the New Candlelight Theater in January 2011 was all about the 80s music, so we couldn’t resist. (Video opens in a new window.)

Hot Breakfast! “An Idiot for Christmas” This video was shot over three seasons in 2013, and was conceived and directed by Kevin Regan. (Video opens in a new window.)

Hot Breakfast! “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” On the rare occasion we do a cover, it’ll be an 80s tune, and you can bet it’ll be over the top. This video has well over 10,000 views! (Video opens in a new window.)


Bios for you to Copy and Paste — pick a length you like!

Medium-length bio:

HOT BREAKFAST! is Delaware’s premier acoustic dork-rock power duo. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, this well-traveled, entertaining duo features Jill Knapp’s award-winning powerhouse vocals, Matt Casarino’s award-winning songwriting and furious acoustic guitar work, and a rockin’, fun, dorky, often hilarious live show. They’ve won over audiences all across North America with their playful, inclusive, and compelling approach to music, an approach that makes them equally comfortable at huge festivals (SXSW 2014-2016, Flipside 2012, Burning Man 2011), large punk and rockabilly venues like the Trocadero in Philly and Slim’s in San Francisco (where they’ve shared the stage with The Dead Milkmen), folk clubs, coffeehouses, and intimate house concerts. Original tracks from their 2012 self-titled EP and their full-length albums The Big Reveal (2015) & 39 Summers (2013) continue to enjoy radio play around the world on terrestrial, internet, and even satellite stations – they’ve even had songs featured on Little Steven’s Underground Garage (“Underground”) and the Dr. Demento Show (“Hole in Your Pants”). They’ve got several WSTW Homey Awards on their shelves for Best Live Act (2015 & 2016!), Best Songwriter, Best Lead Singer (twice!), Best EP, & Best Collaboration (twice!), and they finished Second Runner-Up in 2014’s Best of World Cafe Live’s Philly Rising competition, out of hundreds of musicians. Plus, they’ve logged many thousands of tour miles since their official formation in 2010, and they have no plans to stop now. After a Hot Breakfast! show, what is left of your melted face will be smiling. Dork’s honor.

(Need more info? Download our Hot Breakfast One-Page Slick.pdf, or read the FAQ below.)

Short (100-word) Bio:

HOT BREAKFAST! is Delaware’s premier acoustic dork-rock power duo. This entertaining, award-winning duo from Delaware features Jill Knapp’s powerhouse vocals, Matt Casarino’s furious acoustic guitar work, and a fist-pumpin’, rockin’, dorky-fun live show. Many songs from their critically-acclaimed albums (The Big Reveal, 39 Summers, Hot Breakfast!) have been played on terrestrial, internet, and satellite stations. Equally comfortable performing at festivals (SXSW 2014-2016, Flipside, Burning Man), punk dives, folk clubs, and house concerts, they’ve melted the faces off audiences across America with their playful, punky, inclusive performances. See for yourself why they’ve won Homey Awards for Best Live Act, Best Lead Singer, Best Songwriter and more…and you too will be fist-pumping along with HOT BREAKFAST!

(Need more info? Download our Hot Breakfast One-Page Slick.pdf, or read the FAQ below.)


Awards:

AWARDED IN 2016:

  • 2015 Homey Award Winner: Best Live Act
  • 2015 Homey Award Winner: Best Lead Singer for Jill Knapp’s pipes -second time!
  • 2015 Homey Award Winner: Best Collaboration, for our song “New York Drama,” recorded with Delaware’s punk legends Jake and the Stiffs
  • 2015 Homey Award Nominee: Song of the Year for our song “Kids Today”
  • 2015 Homey Award Nominee: Best Alternative Song for our song “Dream Sequence”
  • 2015 Homey Award Nominee: Album of the Year for our 2015 full-length release “The Big Reveal”
  • 2015 Homey Award Nominee: Concert of the Year for our 11/14/2015 album release show for “The Big Reveal”

AWARDED IN 2015:

  • 2014 Homey Award Winner: Best Live Act
  • 2014 Homey Award Nominee: Best Lead Singer for Jill Knapp’s pipes – third year in a row!
  • 2014 Homey Award Nominee: Best Pop Song for our single “Going Your Way”
  • 2014 Homey Award Nominee: Best Band

AWARDED IN 2014:

  • 2013 Homey Award Winner: Best Songwriter, Matt Casarino
  • 2013 Homey Award Winner: Best Collaboration, “This is Our Hit Song” with Todd Chappelle

AWARDED IN 2013:

  • 2012 Homey Award Winner: Best EP for our self-titled EP “Hot Breakfast!”
  • 2012 Homey Award Winner: Best Lead Singer for Jill Knapp’s pipes
  • September 2013 Graffiti Radio Artist of the Month
  • May 2013 Philly Rising Champion – World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
  • January 2013 Y-Not Radio Artist of the Month
  • 2013 Philly Rising Runner Up – World Cafe Live, Philadelphia (this earned us a slot at SXSW 2014!)

Festivals:

  • September 2016: Dragon Con (20th Anniversary!), Atlanta, GA
  • March 2016: South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, TX
  • December 2015: Rick Jensen’s Big Honkin’ Benefit Christmas Bash, Wilmington, DE
  • September 2015: 30th Annual Mushroom Festival, Kennett Square PA
  • August 2015: Ladybug Festival, Wilmington, DE
  • March 2015: South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, TX
  • 2015: Collaboration/Documentary with The Dead Milkmen, Philadelphia PA
  • 2014: Wilmo Rock Circus: Wilmington, DE
  • 2014: South by Southwest (SXSW) Austin, TX
  • 2013: Delaware Friends of Folk (Dover, DE)
  • 2013: Gable Music Ventures First Annual Video Festival (Wilmington, DE)
  • 2013: Millennium Music Conference (Harrisburg, PA)
  • 2013: Rockwood Ice Cream Festival (Wilmington, DE)
  • 2012: Wilmo Rock Circus (Wilmington, DE)
  • 2012: Flipside (Austin, TX) — The Hive Stage
  • 2012: Rockwood Ice Cream Festival (Wilmington, DE)
  • 2011: Burning Man (Black Rock City, NV) — Lost Penguin Stage

Photos:

You are free to use those photos for promotional purposes as well. The photos below here are all 300dpi (suitable for print). To download an image, simply click the image name and the image will open up in a new window in full-size; do a “Save As.”   Please don’t forget to credit our spiffy photographers; we’ve provided their names for you in the table below. Ta-daa!

Thumbnail Download Link
(Image will open in a new window in full size; do a “Save As.”)
Photo Credit Image Dimensions / File size
  Download: Hot Breakfast! “DaVinci” (photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2015 3133 x 2872px, 4.53MB
Download: Hot Breakfast! Street in Arden” (photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2015 3673 x 3745px, 8.4MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! The Big Reveal Album Cover (photo by Joe del Tufo – illustration by Nathan Hardoin).png Photo by Joe del Tufo, Illustration by Nathan Hardoin; 2015 1447 x 1447px, 3.47MB, 260 dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast – 39 Summers Album Cover (photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2013 4704 x 4704px, 3.67MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast Write-on Poster – 11 x 17 (photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg
This image has lots of black space at the bottom; it’s meant to be written on in silver or white marker. Or, you can add your own text to it in Photoshop, or you can staple another band’s flyer to it. Lots of space!
Joe del Tufo, 2013 5082 x 7184px, 4.49MB, 300dpi, Poster-size
Download: Hot Breakfast-StageJump (photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2013 6308 x 5500px, 20.4MB, 300 dpi, 21″ x 18″ Poster
Download: Hot Breakfast! Bellview Lawn – March 2013 (photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2013 3341 x 5006px, 5.73MB, 300dpi
Download: HotBreakfast-grassy.jpg
Image from March 2013 (photo by Joe del Tufo). Landscape orientation.
Joe del Tufo, 2013 6385 x 4262px, 10.3MB, 300 dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! Background Sky Trees – March 2013 (photo by Joe del Tufo)
This image is very tall; perfect for a poster to write on, or to add text.
Joe del Tufo, 2013 4855 x 7274px, 8.83MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! at Crash Bang Boom (photo by Dean Sabatino).jpg Dean Sabatino, 2015 2432 x 2432px, 2.1MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! Dueling Melodica (Photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2015 1726 x 1152px, 1.69MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! picks on the front row (Photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2015 1726 x 1152px, 1.69MB, 300 dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! Kennett Flash April 2013 (Photo by Dylan Geringer).jpg Dylan Geringer, 2013 2048 x 1360px, 903KB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! Jill Knapp at Miner Street Studio (Photo by Morgan Smith).jpg Morgan Smith (“PhoByMo”), 2015 1614 x 1213px, 490KB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! Matt Casarino at Miner Street Studio (Photo by Morgan Smith).jpg Morgan Smith (“PhoByMo”), 2015 1366 x 2048px, 765KB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! Jill Knapp at Miner Street Studio 2 – (Photo by Morgan Smith).jpg Morgan Smith (“PhoByMo”), 2015 2048 x 1366px, 539KB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast points at YOU (Photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2011 4256 x 2832px, 5.05MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast at World Cafe Live 2012 (Photo by Matt Lichtenwalner) Matthew Lichtenwalner, 2012 4272 x 2848px, 4.66MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast Opening for Kate Miller-Heidke in Arden – 1 (Photo by Joe del Tufo) Joe del Tufo, 2012 4000 x 2670px, 2.56MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast Opening for Kate Miller-Heidke in Arden – 2 (Photo by Joe del Tufo) Joe del Tufo, 2012 4000 x 2670px, 1.97MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast Opening for Kate Miller-Heidke in Arden – 3 (Photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2012 4000 x 2670px, 2.40MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast Opening for Kate Miller-Heidke in Arden – 4 (Photo by Joe del Tufo).jpg Joe del Tufo, 2012 4000 x 2670px, 2.55MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast – Look thattaway.jpg (Photo by Julie Snow-Regan).jpg Julie Snow-Regan, 2011 810 x 943px, 93.4K, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast Epic Promo (Photo by Spandox Studios).jpg Spandox Studios, 2011 3816 x 3247px, 1.17MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast at the Tin Angel Philadelphia – No Caption – (Photo by Jennifer Abrevaya).jpg Jennifer Abrevaya, 2011 2408 x 2272px, 1.83MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast at the Tin Angel Philadelphia (Photo by Jennifer Abrevaya).jpg Jennifer Abrevaya, 2011 3072 x 2304px, 2.63MB, 300dpi
Download: Hot Breakfast! High Res Logo.png Font name: Adam Gorry Inline; Jivetalk 2545x529px; 67.6K, 300dpi

 


HOT BREAKFAST! FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Does the band’s name include the exclamation point?

Yes. The band’s name is officially Hot Breakfast! with the exclamation point at the end (just like how fun.‘s name is in all lowercase and always ends with a period). We acknowledge it makes print articles look funny, especially when the band’s name starts a sentence or when the possessive case is warranted, so we’re not sticklers about it. We do ask that if you’re omitting the exclamation point for design reasons, then please be sure to use all caps. Thanks so much!

Q: What are the full names of the band members, and what instruments to each of you play?

During a live show, our lineup looks like this:
Jill Knapp – lead singer, hand percussion, melodica (aka “hooter”), trumpet
Matt Casarino – guitar, vocals

On our albums though, we play other instruments, too. Matt plays electric guitar, bass, sax, drums, and keyboards, and Jill plays keyboards, various wind instruments, and bigger percussion.

Q: What do you consider your genre?
We coined the term “dork rock” because we didn’t really have a genre we fit easily into. While we use humor in our shows and play a few funny songs, we’re not really a comedy band; we have plenty of straightforward pop/rock and sincere tunes, too. Above everything, we strive to be the best possible musicians we can be, and to also put on an entertaining, energetic live show.

Q: Please list any and all websites and social media platforms where our readers can listen to your music and learn more about the band.
Web: http://hot-breakfast.com
Twitter: @hotbreakfast
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HotBreakfastRocks
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/HotBreakfastRocks
Instagram: http://instagram.com/hotbreakfast
Email: awesomesauce@hot-breakfast.com

Q: Where did you two meet, and how did the band get its start?
We met in late 2002 at auditions for a community theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Jill got cast as Mary Magdalene, and Matt was cast as Annas (one of the priests). We played together for the first time in 2003 at the cast party and realized we had a pretty good groove together. We’ve worked together ever since on Matt’s various solo projects and on other large-scale productions headed up by Joe Trainor, too. We decided to officially join forces in 2009 and focus exclusively on working as a duo; that’s when Hot Breakfast! was officially born.

Q: What’s the story behind the name, “Hot Breakfast!” – who coined it, and what is the meaning?
Our name was taken from a t-shirt that was randomly mailed to Jill’s house by a friend who’d found it at a garage sale in Austin, TX. The shirt features the silhouette of a man with mighty dreadlocks thrusting his fist into the air, while the text underneath reads “HOT BREAKFAST!” Through a series of amazing coincidences, we learned that this t-shirt was created to “honor” a construction worker in Austin who liked to demand, among other luxuries, a hot breakfast every morning. At least we think we’re remembering that right.

Q: We can’t help but notice that every time someone mentions your name, people yell “HOT BREAKFAST!” while pumping their fist. How do you get people to do that?
We wish we knew! People did that at our very first gig, completely unprompted… and it just stuck. We’re certainly not complaining; we absolutely love it. It becomes a gag over the course of a night, where people introducing us get playfully interrupted by enthusiastic fans. We are so happy fans like us enough to yell stuff in our honor!

Q: What in the HECK is dork rock?
We think dork-rock is music by and for dorks… and really, who doesn’t consider themselves at least a little dorky? We tend to “dork-out” with quirky originals (“Hole in Your Pants,” “It Only Takes Two to Rock” and “The Garden of Bad Metaphors”) and unlikely, over-the-top covers with a theatrical flourish (“Total Eclipse of the Heart,” “Crazy Train”). We just write and play what we love, and hope that our tastes are broad enough that we can appeal to just about everyone. But really, anything can be dork-rock. Billy Squier is pretty dorky, and so is AC/DC’s “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” when you really think about it.

Q: What’s the difference between a dork, a nerd, and a geek?
Back in high school, being called a dork, nerd, or geek were insults. But now these words are things to be proud of. To us, “dork” means you’re smart and good at what you do (whatever that is), but you aren’t concerned with the mainstream, and you could care less about being or appearing “cool.” You find the funny and quirky in everyday things. You read reddit.com and fark.com. You probably don’t care what a Kardashian is. You can spell. I think a dork is a nerd with a pop-culture lean, as opposed to a “nerd” or “geek” who tends to gravitate to the sci-fi, fantasy, and IT side of the house. But don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of overlap. I mean, what person with a music degree doesn’t have an IT job? 🙂

Q: On the topic of dork rock, what famous band do you look to as inspiration for this genre?
They Might Be Giants and older Barenaked Ladies, Paul and Storm, Tenacious D… we suppose we’d let them into our dork-rock category. 🙂 The Dead Milkmen fall into the dork-punk-rock side of things. Jonathan Coulton and MC Chris are great, but more on the “nerd” side of the dork spectrum, with their songs about IT jobs and Star Wars. But it’s really about dorky attitude and a desire to abandon all aspects of “cool.” You can’t just write a funny song and call yourselves dork-rock (nice try, Nickelback, but no) – you need a certain panache, a certain willingness to rock out as if your life depended on it even while playing a Whitesnake song on an acoustic guitar.

Q: Do you consider yourselves a comedy musicians (a comedy band)?
Absolutely not. We like to think we’re entertaining, but our goal isn’t to be exclusively funny… we leave that to the pros like Stephen Lynch and Todd Chappelle. While we have some songs that are on the funny side (“Hole In Your Pants,” “Kids Today,” “The Garden of Bad Metaphors”), we like to use humor as a tool to engage the audience and pull them in; but making people laugh isn’t our exclusive goal. Similar to the band Barenaked Ladies, they have funny songs like “If I Had A Million Dollars” which is probably what got you interested in the band, but you love them because of their more serious material like “Brian Wilson.” I wouldn’t call them a comedy band. I’d call them a talented bunch of musicians whose personalities and sense of humor comes through in their music; we like that description for us, too.

Q: Since your band name is “Hot Breakfast!”, we imagine you have pretty high standards for breakfast foods. Describe the perfect hot breakfast.
Jill’s ideal Delaware hot breakfast would be a swiss cheese omelette with tomatoes and green peppers in there, a side of turkey sausage, and an english muffin Angel’s Restaurant on Silverside Road in north Wilmington, Delaware. Matt’s a ham-and-eggs man, but he grew up believing that any leftover, when re-heated in a buttered skillet, makes for an elegant breakfast side dish (turkey, chicken, sliced-up hot dogs). We love hash browns, but we’ve reached the age where they don’t love us anymore. Sigh.

Jill says, “Though there’s a breakfast place in Tempe, Arizona called US Egg, and they have the most amazing pancakes you have ever eaten in your entire life, and I make a pilgrimage there every few years to get my dose. They’re called “protein cakes” and they’re basically cinnamonny pancakes with 89 pounds of slivered almonds, granola, and blueberries packed in there, served with real butter and real maple syrup. We played a show in Arizona in early 2012, and I had the chance to introduce Matt to those pancakes… and even though I hyped them to the max, they still exceeded his expectations. I wonder if we could get a deal with them. We also had the most transcendent corned beef hash EVER at Dad’s Restaurant in Wallingford, Connecticut.”