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

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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.

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