There was a nice mix of audience at this gig, not surprisingly after the huge back catalogue of material since the band began in 2000, top in the charts regularly and inevitably hitting different audiences over the years.
The band’s support act Pete Um opened the show. I don’t really know what to say about this man really, apart from that his chosen artist name is quite appropriate, it was like electronic performance art, akin to Mr Bean on acid. A little too self indulgent for me, I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to ‘get it’ but the mixture of German techno beats with spoken word was slightly menacing and I found myself looking a bit bemused.
Hot Chip kicked off the show with a single that was released in February from their newest album Why Make Sense, Huarache Lights was a great start to the show. The band was full of energy and immediately the crowd started dancing. The second track was One Life Stand which is one of my favourites of theirs. Hot Chip have an element of camp pop to them too, with vocals reminiscent of Erasure or Jimmy Somerville, taking you back to the 80’s and possibly some of their influences, you could definitely hear some Kraftwerk influence in some of their music.
We were treated to some robotic dancing when they performed Flute, and their renditions of Over and Over and Ready For The Floor were the crowd pleasers of the night. Hot Chip finished with a version of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark and a cover of LCD SoundSystem.
Another excellent night at Pyramids Live and I would recommend seeing a live performance if you can see Hot Chip in the future. Such a huge back catalogue that you may find yourself saying “oh they did this one?”. Probably not the last dance-floor fillers we hear from this London act.
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