On How Come I'm Dead? you'll find dreamy noise, circus freak dance numbers, heartbreaking country ballads with screeching metal guitar solos, lovely pop harmonies, psychedelic drones, and straight up pop/rock numbers. There is even a grindy techno song and a hip-hop track, which includes a bass scratch solo and enough f-bombs to earn them an adult content warning sticker.
The album title came from an obscure book found in a thrift store while touring. With Chris Connelly reflecting on the isolation of long distance relationships and life on the road, the album expresses losing a sense of home, made extra-weird by things like Facebook that constantly remind you of all the things you're missing in all the places you're not. It feels a bit like being a ghost, being able to see and hear people you love carrying on with their lives and not being able to partake in it. Yet, there is a sense of lightheartedness throughout the record, with enough common threads that the Hot Panda-ness still shines bright.
"How Come I'm Dead? is an album that is filled with a jagged sense of humor and pleasantly unpredictable musical diversions eluding classification. In words stolen from 'Shoot Your Horse', it ducks and bobs and weaves just like Cassius Clay." - Lithium Magazine
"The quartet's sophomore release finds the quartet in the vital and creative throws of their youth... a vibrant, lighthearted and intelligent album from a band who obviously has a blast making music." - Discorder Magazine