It’s rare these days when a Top 10 radio hit also happens to be, arguably, one of the year’s best songs. Such is the case with Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight, Tonight,” easily the song of this past summer. “That’s what we keep hearing,” says the group’s lead vocalist R.K. Follese. “I don’t think it’s going to get old, and we kinda like that.” It’s certainly one of the most perfectly crafted Pop songs in recent memory. “It’s one of the highest compliments we can have,” adds bass player Ian Keaggy.
“It’s really the same three chords,” Follese notes, “which is what a lot of our material is. We like to keep the same chords, because it’s really about the melody. And we wanted something catchy and fun for summer.” Mission accomplished. The band lists influences that run from The Beatles and Queen to Muse and Everclear. Their desire for chart success might stem from the fact that they grew up in the business: Keaggy is the son of veteran guitarist Phil Keaggy; R.K. and Jamie Follese are the sons of Nashville songwriter Keith Follese; and guitarist Nash Overstreet’s dad is Country singer Paul Overstreet. Genetics, or not, Hot Chelle Rae are a Top 40 band anyone can get behind. Hot Chelle Rae headline Q102’s Bosom Ball Thursday at the Madison Theatre. The Bosom Ball starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), 21 and older. Tickets are $25. There is an all-ages soundcheck party at 5 p.m. (doors at 4 p.m.). Admission to that party is $10.