live’n’loud: Hot Chip set to sizzle at Summafieldayze
Hot Chip can’t wait to share some sonic sizzle at Summafieldyaze, writes Jessica Huxley
FANS can look forward to songs from each of Hot Chip’s five albums when the London dancerock band play Gold Coast music festival Summafieldayze on January 5.
The group roll out their winning mix of quirky synth-pop and disco grooves on the excellent new album In Our Heads, featuring the single Night and Day.
Geeky, self-aware, hip to fashion and ready to shake their stuff, Hot Chip – Joe Goddard, Alexis Taylor, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin – as one critic wrote, are so cool, they can even make chipmunk backing chants work.
Martin says they have some ‘‘unexpected stuff’’ ready for the Coast.
‘‘We’re working on some older songs, newer songs and cover songs, different tracks and we’ve just released an extended version of our album with loads of remixes,’’ he says.
‘‘We’ve got so much new music and our live performances are always more fun to dance to than our records.
‘‘We like to play different versions of songs on stage and mix it up.’’
Hot Chip are one of a handful of live acts on the bill for Summafieldayze. Martin says it’s the duty of a live band to try to be faithful to the spirit of the recordings.
‘‘We put in a lot of time and effort to recreating sounds and rhythms, rather than have someone play a recording,’’ he says.
‘‘We basically have seven people on stage, so it’s a lot of musicians.
‘‘It’s a lot of people and equipment to travel with but we get a satisfaction from doing it that way.’’
Hot Chip have released an album every two years since 2004, a creative cycle Martin describes as natural.
‘‘We work on album for a year, and then tour for a year. It’s the cycle that makes sense for us,’’ he says.
‘‘The guys (Alexis and Joe) are always working on music they want to release and they’re not keen sitting on material. They want to keep ahead of it.’’
Martin says his favourite part of touring is discovering unknown places.
‘‘I enjoy travelling, especially if we have a few days to explore the city and restaurants,’’ he says.
‘‘Everyone likes something different but I love the cultural life, visiting museums and galleries and learning about the places we go to.
‘‘We’re only in Australia for a month and we’re packing as many gigs as we can in there. I’m still hoping to fit in some time to check the place out.’’
Before the band travels to Australia later this month, Martin will embark on a Caribbean musical voyage on the S.S. Coachella – a festival cruise that also features Pulp, Yeasayer and Girl Talk.
‘‘I’ll fly from Jamaica to Dallas then into Brisbane and get to spend Christmas in Byron Bay with my girlfriend,’’ he says.
‘‘Then we’ll do our first show in Hobart (for the Falls Festival) on New Year’s Eve.’’
Hot Chip, Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, M.I.A. and more play Summafieldayze, Doug Jennings Park, The Spit, on January 5.
Hot Chip bring their full live show to town for Summafieldayze.