hmv.com reviews... Hot Chip @ O2 Academy Bristol
Hot Chip hit Bristol last night (October 13th) and we were there to review them in action...
Everyone's favourite techno-indie group, Hot Chip, in promotion of their sixth album Why Make Sense (which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page).
At the Bristol's O2 Academy.
Any good supports?
The opening act Pete Um is quite a strange one; arriving on stage armed with just a suit and his minidisc player. What follows is a bizarre 30 minutes of a musical act with the dryness of Stewart Lee performing 1-2 minute poetry based songs over backing tracks. It's hard to see whether or not the audience are really into it or not, but it's certainly unique...
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The show is fully sold out tonight, however they are not the sort of crowd that will go absolutely crazy for each and every song. Instead the more mature audience take in the joy of their musicianship throughout the set. That's not to say that there isn't dancing though, it's almost impossible not to with Hot Chip...
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The band were welcomed onto the stage like heroes, back-lit by swooping blue knots, before going straight into 'Huarache Lights', a track which gets the place shaking. 'One Life Stand' follows in similar fashion and highlights the impressive light show they have going onstage and throughout the audience.
The pace is relentless and during an double bill of 'Night and Day' and 'Flutes' frontman Alexis Taylor jumps from the stage to greet the first row of the crowd as the rest of the group dance in sync on stage like the coolest boy band you never had.
The highpoint comes with 'Over and Over', which really gets the floor moving properly for the first time which follows again late after a medley of songs finishing in the fantastic Shake A Fist. Hot Chip are one of those bands that you just can't help but fall for; their songs have an irresistible feel to them. This is definitely the case for the catchy 'Ready For The Floor' mixing straight into a euphoric version of 'One Life Stand' track I Feel Better'.
The encore treats us to 'Hold On' which really gallops along like the title suggests. With their extensive back catalogue, it seems strange that they would finish with not one but two covers; however when the songs are this good and played this well it's clear to see why. By seamlessly mixing together Springsteen's 'Dancing In The Dark' and old friends LCD Soundsystem's 'All My Friends' it feels like the perfect way to close the set in such a party-like fashion.
Any good between song banter?
Each of the members are all individually introduced throughout the set but nothing much else is particularly said at all.
Did they put on much of a show?
There are no half measures here; flashing lights in all sorts of colours sweep from the stage all into the crowd from all over the room. The strobes are so bright at times, that they are almost blinding.
What was the highlight of the set?
It couldn't be anything else apart from 'Over and Over' which to this day is still as enthralling as it sounded when it was released almost 10 years ago. When played live, it comes to life even more with the bass reverberating through the speakers causing the crowd to really get jumping for the first time of the night.
Where can I catch them next?
Bristol was only the opening night of the tour, therefore they are set to play a handful of dates over the next couple of weeks stopping off in places such as Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and London. Most of these nights are sold out, but you still might be able to grab your hands on a last minute set of tickets.