Indie kids can dance!

Hot Chip at Neumo’s, Seattle
Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Hot Chip

It was a full on dance party last night at Neumo’s. You actually had to try not to dance, they were so good. Neumo’s was nearly sold out, and everyone seemed genuinely excited to see this London group perform.

Hot Chip have figured out how to make electronic music exciting, at least from a live perspective. Put 5 guys up on stage behind a boat load of keyboards (every one had /played a one) augment with a few other instruments like a guitar, cow bells, shakers, and some tiny bongos. And, oh yeah hide a real live drumer behind you. (I honestly didn’t know they had a drummer up their until near the end of the show when they thanked him). So instead of pushing a button on a computer, they actually play music that sounds like it’s coming out of a computer.

They kicked the set off with some killer percussion in Shake a Fist (I think) and then went right into Boy from School. The crowd was just eating it up, I’ve never seen an audience in Seattle actually dance. It was totally cool! They threw in a couple new songs that sounded okay, but not as fleshed out as stuff from their album the Warning. When they did No Fit State they included a few lines from New Order’s Temptation which I thought was pretty cool.

The encore had the place jumping, they started with Careful and then ended with Over and Over. No one left dissappointed, and it was good to step out onto the cold Seattle air after spending an hour and half in a hot room.

One comment

  1. bill p · November 16, 2006

    I’m pretty sure Hot Chip are going to end up very near the top of my 2006 best-of list, both on albums and gigs. Why I think it works is that even on the album it sounds like people playing instruments, not just hitting Start on a keyboard.

    And I’m pretty sure the drummer was Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem. Did he look like Mr. Rosso from Freaks and Geeks?

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