Audit in Progress

Infobox Album |
Name = Audit in Progress
Type = Album
Artist = Hot Snakes

Released = October 5, 2004
Recorded = 2004
Genre = Rock & Roll Post-punk
Length = ~33:26
Label = Swami Records
Producer = John Reis
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [ link]
* Pitchfork Media rating-10|7.7 [ link]
Last album = "Suicide Invoice" (2002)
This album = "Audit in Progress" (2004)
Next album = "Peel Sessions" (2005)

"Audit in Progress" is the third and final studio album by the San Diego, California rock band Hot Snakes, released in 2004 by Swami Records. It was recorded in a similar manner to the band's previous two albums, with guitarist John Reis taking time off from his main band Rocket From the Crypt. As a visual artist and illustrator singer/guitarist Rick Froberg provided the album's artwork, while Reis released the album through his Swami Records label. It was the first Hot Snakes release to feature drummer Mario Rubalcaba, brought in to fill the position left vacant by original drummer Jason Kourkounis.

In comparison to the band's previous albums, "Audit in Progress" is more aggressive and primal. It was well-received by critics and fans and was named "best punk album" at the 2005 San Diego Music Awards. At this time the band was able to tour much more extensively than they had in support of previous albums, travelling the United States, Europe and Australia. An independent music video was filmed for the song "Braintrust" and a single for the song was planned for release in the UK market (which also would have included the unreleased song "DNR"), but when "Braintrust" was included on the band's "Peel Sessions" EP the following year the proposed single was cancelled.

"Audit in Progress" would be Hot Snakes' final studio album, as the members decided to disband following a tour of Australia in Spring 2005 (though "Thunder Down Under", a live-in-the-studio album recorded during this tour, would be released posthumously in 2006).

Track listing

All songs written by Hot Snakes
#"Kreative Kontrol"
#"Think About Carbs"
#"Audit in Progress"
#"Hatchet Job"
#"This Mystic Decade"
#"Hair and DNA"
#"Plenty for All"


*Rick Froberg - guitar, lead vocals
*John Reis - guitar, backing vocals
*Gar Wood - bass, Magi 44 organ
*Mario Rubalcaba - drums

Album information

*Record label:Swami Records
*Recorded and mixed 2004 at Big Fish Recorders in San Diego by Ben Moore
*Additional recording at Drag Racist studios by Johathan Kreinik, John Reis and Gar Wood
*Mastered by Dave Gardner at Magneto Mastering
*All songs written by Hot Snakes and published by Hiss N' Piss/BMI
*Artwork by Rick Froberg

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