5 Reasons to go see
1 Hot Chip will break your legs, snap off your head At least, that’s what they claim on The Warning, the title track of their magnificent second album. Apparently the London-based electro-pop duo of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard met at school, where they had an impromptu wrestling match in the playground. If all this sounds a tad aggressive, fear not – these days, despite those nasty lyrics, the only things that are punchy about Hot Chip are their groovesome beats.
2 They’re a ten-legged groove machine Although the band’s recorded output is largely down to Taylor and Goddard, for live shows the pair enlist a handful of mates, with the result that their usually chilled-out, homemade dancy vibe is replaced by a full-on funk rock extravaganza. Cunning.
3 They wrote the best single of last year According to NME that is, who voted the lead single from The Warning, ‘Over and Over’, as their Single of the Year in 2006. In the same year, the album was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Not bad going, eh?
4 They like to help out fellow bands As well as kicking proverbial ass as Hot Chip, various members of the band have also been seen recently in other outfits, as Adem’s backing band, contributing to The Memory Band or filling in for LCD Soundsystem. Taylor is also currently working on an album with Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, a collaboration which appeared live for the first time at this year’s Fence Collective Homegame festivalin Anstruther. And damn fine it was too.
5 Back to those violent tendencies Maybe the band aren’t harmless cuddly dance nerds after all. Their MySpace site claims the next album is ‘mostly about WWF’ (the wrestling, not the wild animals we assume), and a recent aftershow party featured wrestling as the main entertainment. ‘Hot Chip will break your legs’ indeed. (Doug Johnstone)
Manicured Noise Stage, Sunday