The music making partnership of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin came into existence in gradual stages, and has culminated in their third album ‘Made In The Dark’ the follow up to the gold selling, Mercury Music Prize nominated album ‘The Warning’.
The nuclei of the band, Taylor and Goddard, were school friends who found common ground and began to make home recordings using an odd assortment of cheap synthesizers, guitars and percussion. Clarke, another school friend, joined the duo soon after, impressing them with his quick-witted playing and rather devious musical experiments. The end product of this era was the first full Hot Chip album ‘Coming on Strong’, released by Moshi Moshi Records.
‘The Warning’, released on the seminal DFA imprint, represented a great step forward in terms of songwriting and production. Al Doyle and Felix Martin, already members of the band as well at work on their own musical projects, now joined the band full time as Hot Chip took off as a live entity, performing in the United States, the UK and Europe. The sound of the band evolved towards wilder, heavier electronics, though still coupled with a signature pop aesthetic.
The standout track from ‘The Warning’ was the bruising single ‘Over and Over’ an immediate call to arms that delivered a sly dig to those who heard them as too chilled the first time round. ‘Laid back? We’ll give you laid back!’ From magical bells, chimes and glockenspiels of the opening to the layers to the thumping beats that follow the magnificent repetition was seemingly in all of us when ‘Over and Over’ was nominated for an Ivor Novello award and was voted NME’s number 1 single of 2006.
Hot Chip have been informed by 2 years of touring across the globe taking in Australia, Japan and South America. Live music has always been at the heart of the band, so it seems inevitable that the new album ‘Made In The Dark’ captures some of the band’s performances in a more traditional, rock music fashion. Powerful amplifiers, keyboards and distortion have all crept into the Hot Chip arsenal, resulting in possibly their most powerful punch to date – ‘Ready for the Floor’, which reached audiences late last year to rapturous critical and public response.
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