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Hot Chip at Webster Hall (August 4, 2015)

By Will Oliver, November 17th 2015

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After catching a rare an unforgettable performance from Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right the night before, I caught them again the next night at Webster Hall. Obviously it was going to be impossible for the show to match the one at Baby’s considering the intimacy of the show, but I was still excited to see Hot Chip again, especially with the prospect of a large and excited crowd to amp up the atmosphere of the room. I’ve seen the British electronic rockers plenty of times now, and there hasn’t been one performance that didn’t leave me blown away, and I went into this show expecting no different, even if the show at Baby’s was a tough act to follow.

Once again opening was Georgia, who played a quick one-woman set the night before. This time around she had a full band with her, and delivered an impressionable performance that lived up to the hype that surrounded her, and then some. She’s only getting started, but based off her performance, and her rock solid debut album (out via Domino Records), she’s got quite a career laid ahead of her.

It was the first night of a two night run, and Hot Chip were clearly feeding off of the energy of the capacity crowd. Getting to see them spread out on a larger space this time around gave them a whole new dynamic and flexebility to deliver a looser performance that gave the band freedom to roam the stage. No matter how many times I see them, I’m always left in awe about how they’re able to blend the worlds of dance/electronic in awe in such a dominant fashion. There’s no way that you can go into a Hot Chip show without jouyously dancing and singing along, once they have you, they have you for good.

We may not get to see them in New York again for a little while, but you can bet I’ll be there whenever they do return.

Find photos of both Hot Chip and Georgia posted below.
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Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right (August 3, 2015)

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Baby’s All Right has not so quietly become the place to see shows in New York. I’d even go so far as to crown it as the best venue in New York at the moment. So when I saw that Hot Chip were playing the amazing and intimate Baby’s, I knew that it was going to be one of the most unforgettable shows of the year (I last saw them this summer at Governors Ball). The performance was a special Jukely Members Only performance, available only to members of the show subscription service whose presence has grown tremendous lengths over the past few months. It also came the day before the first of two sold out shows that the band had booked at the much larger Webster Hall.

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Opening the show, just like the shows at Webster, was young rising English artist, Georgia. The multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter release her self-titled debut album on Domino the week of the show, and has received well deserved acclaim for both her album and live show throughout the year. Strangely her set was limited to just a couple songs and just her on stage, as Hot Chip’s gear simply didn’t allow for much else due to the limited size of Baby’s stage. But she left a memorable impression, and thankfully I was able to catch a full set from her the next night at Webster.

Getting to Baby’s, I saw a giant truck and a mini bus sitting outside of Baby’s, which I only assumed was Hot Chips. Seeing the massive truck sitting outside the venue was an unforgettable image, one that summed up the concept of Hot Chip playing a 280-person capacity venue in Brooklyn. Taking the stage, the group had to squeeze into their positions, between the limited space not taken up by their various instruments, and of course, themselves. They found it just as funny as we did, and used the intimate nature to help them launch into the larger than life opening bits of “Huarache Lights.”

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Being a somewhat “private” show, I was wondering if we’d get a somewhat truncated set, as that sometimes is the case. Thankfully the group were kind enough to give us a a full 15-song set, full of favorites both old and new, such as “One Life Stand,” “Flutes,” “Over and Over,” “Ready For The Floor” and “I Feel Better.” They even played their incredible cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark,” with a little bit of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” mixed in there, led by former LCD Soundsystem member Al Doyle.

As I look back on 2015 I have no doubts that seeing Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right was a special treat, one that will go down as one of the best memories of the entire year. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see them play at a more intimate place ever again.


1. Huarache Lights
2. One Life Stand
3. Night & Day
4. Easy to Get
5. Started Right
6. Flutes
7. Over & Over
8. Alley Cats
9. Cry 4 You
10. Need You Now
11. Ready for the Floor
12. I Feel Better


13. Look at Where We Are
14. I Was a Boy from School
15. Dancing in the Dark (w/ “All My Friends”)


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Hot Chip at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2015 — with 2 comments

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Going into Governors Ball one of the sets I was most excited for was Hot Chip. Every single time that I’ve seen them perform live is as joyous as the last, and you just know you’re going to get a set full of all of the songs you want to hear, only brought to life in ways you forgot were possible.

They kicked off their performance with Why Make Sense? (out via Domino Records) lead single “Huarache Lights,” a scorcher that was taken to new levels live, getting the dance party started at once. They followed it with an almost unfair group of their best singles: “One Life Stand,” “Night & Day,” “Flutes,” and “Over and Over.” Hot Chip have mastered the art of blending rock elements with electronic dance grooves, finding an equilibrium between the two that is truly the best of both worlds.


1. Huarache Lights
2. One Life Stand
3. Night & Day
4. Flutes
5. Over and Over
6. Look at Where We Are
7. Cry for You
8. Need You Now
9. Ready for the Floor
10. I Feel Better
11. Let Me Be Him
12. Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
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Hot Chip

Oh yes. Hot Chip are back, set to release a brand new album titled Why Make Sense? on May 18 via Domino Records.

It’s the sixth album, and their second released with Domino. The band recorded it in both Oxfordshire and London, producing it themselves, along with producer Mark Ralph (who also helped them with 2012’s In Our Heads)

Along with the announcement came the music video for the album’s opener, “Huarache Lights.” The video is based around a light installation by artist Robert Bell and filmed in one take by director Andy Knowles. As for the song, it see Hot Chip dive deeper into the murky waters of synths, finding a new avenue for their always welcome dance-rock infusion. This one has a different feel to it, a little bit darker, but still very much Hot Chip. I can’t wait to hear this one played at Governors Ball.

Check out the video below.
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Interview: Felix Martin Of New Build (And Hot Chip)

By Dana Pacifico, December 30th 2014


Photo by Dana Pacifico

New Build is the side-project of Hot Chip members Felix Martin and Al Doyle, as well as engineer Tom Hopkins. With the release of new album Pour It On earlier in the year, the electronic group returned to the states for a mini U.S. tour in early December.

The band rolled in to New York on December 3 to play Mercury Lounge, which we covered with a set of photos. But before the show, I met up with Felix Martin to talk about the new record, members roles within the group, and the difference of releasing their music on a label, as opposed to self-releasing.

Find the interview posted below:
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Interview: Alexis Taylor (Of Hot Chip)

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2014

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Alexis Taylor is the soft spoken vocalist and frontman of Hot Chip, the London outfit that has made you dance and one point or another. This year he released a new solo album called Await Barbarians a gentle album made for private listening on your headphones (his words).

Late last month I had the pleasuring of speaking to Taylor over the phone a week after seeing him play a show at Rough Trade. We spoke about a variety of things, such as how the show went, his new album, how he balances so many projects, and of course, the new Hot Chip album that is in production.

Find our full conversation posted below.
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Hot Chip – Atomic Bomb (William Onyeabor Cover)

By Will Oliver, April 1st 2014 — with 1 comment

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I’ll take new music from Hot Chip in any way I can get it. They have recorded a cover of William Onyeabor’s “Atomic Bomb” for a compilation of bands covering/remixing William Onyeabor tracks called WHAT?!: William Onyeabor Remixed. The compilation is a Record Store Day exclusive that David Byrne’s label Luaka Bop is releasing.

The cover is right in Hot Chip’s wheelhouse. Enjoy it below.

Hot Chip @ Lollapalooza (8/2/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 6th 2013 — with 1 comment


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never cease to amaze. Every time I see them seems to be better and better than the last. They’ve found a niche that lays in between the best worlds of dance-rock and electronica with a funky soul groove.

Call it what you want, because at the end of the day, they will leave you dancing and having a blast, while also sounded technically brilliant. Last year they stole the show at the Pitchfork Music Festival, and this year they were arguably the best show I saw on Friday. Hot Chip are a band you don’t want to miss live, they just know how to bring it. It was cool to hear new single “Dark & Stormy”, which is truly one of the better songs we’ve heard this year.


Check out more photos after the jump.
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[new]: Hot Chip – Dark & Stormy

By Will Oliver, June 4th 2013 — with 1 comment


Hot Chip are back with a new single titled “Dark & Stormy.” Somehow the band always seem to find a way to release something new, always keeping busy. The single is a one off release for Domino that will come out on July 23. The b-side is a new version of “Look At Where We Are.”

“Dark & Stormy” does indeed feature a darker vibe from the Brits than normal, with their nerd-funk  dance vibes very much intact still as well. It’s something that’s both romantic and danceable. Hot Chip are one of the more reliable groups in the game at this point, so none of this should come as much of a surprise.

Hot Chip @ Roseland Ballroom (April 9, 2013)

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2013

Hot Chip seem to have grown as a band exponentially every time that I see them. Not even in terms of their band member count – which has definitely grown – but in scope. The crowds and venues just keep getting bigger and bigger. This makes sense, Hot Chip have a sound that attracts all kinds of music fans. They can just as easily bring down the house with huge dance vibes as they can rock out. They even have an emotional core that can devastate you just as equally. There’s not much that Hot Chip can’t do.

During the front end of the show they dominated us with an incredible consecutive run of songs (“One Life Stand” -> “Night & Day” -> “Flutes” -> “Over and Over”) that was simply ridiculous.

They finished off with “Shake A Fist”, “Boy From School” and “Ready For The Floor” which had the place going, and carried them to the encore. I didn’t know what else they had left after giving us so many goodies in the early stage of the set, but they finished off with a four song encore that included huge performances of “I Feel Better” and “Let Me Be Him.” It was magical.

I’ll admit to being somewhat skeptical that Hot Chip would fill in the rather large space of Roseland. But they did it, and they did it quite well.

Find the setlist posted below.

1. How Do You Do?
2. Don’t Deny Your Heart
3. One Life Stand
4. Night & Day
5. Flutes
6. Over and Over
7. Shake a Fist
8. And I Was a Boy from School
9. Ready for the Floor

10. We’re Looking for a Lot of Love
11. No Fit State
12. I Feel Better
13. Let Me Be Him

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