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Hot Chip Celebrates New Album in Brooklyn

February 8th, 2010

Hot Chip – Music Hall of Williamsburg – February 6, 2010

Hot Chip - Music Hall of Williamsburg - February 6, 2010
After four albums, British electropop band Hot Chip is better than ever. The group, consisting of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin, makes synth-heavy earworms that compel your body to move. Their most recent album, One Life Stand, shows wily songwriting and an expansion of the band’s signature sound. Before a European tour to promote the record, Hot Chip made a couple of stops in New York City, including a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday.

From the moment I stepped into the venue, I felt as though I was in a rave. People in the crowd hypnotically pounded their fists to the thumping electronic drum loops. The band, evenly dispersed across the stage, conducted themselves like elder statesmen. Lead singer Taylor delivered his uniquely unassuming and vulnerable vocals while shifting through a number of instruments. Goddard stood stalwart, singing his rhythmically spaced parts. All the while, Clarke, Doyle and Martin created an electronic symphony. The band’s set list displayed their virtuosity and the depth of their catalog. Three songs into their performance, Hot Chip played a rearranged version of “Boy from School” complete with a handclap beat. Although Doyle primarily plays guitar, he complemented the song with his dynamic steel-drum playing.

Weaving through tunes from their previous albums, The Warning and Made in the Dark, Hot Chip cleverly adapted “Ready for the Floor” and brought down the house with “Over and Over.” The crowd was also eagerly introduced to new songs like “One Life Stand” and “Take It In.” After monstrous applause at the end of set, Hot Chip responded with a four-song encore that slowed down the tempo. For a crowd that wildly danced and devotedly sang along, it was a perfect ending to a fantastic performance. —Jared Levy

Photos courtesy of Greg Notch | photography.notch.org/music