Fry­ing high

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

HOT CHIP Tri­pod, Dublin Thurs 7.30pm 137.20/134.50 0818-719300 Take a pinch of Kraftwerk, a hint of New Or­der and a love of Prince. Mix it all up with Oxbridge ac­cents, un­likely looks (beards, NHS specs) and a keen sense of the ab­surd and you have Hot Chip. The band (who were nom­i­nated for a Mer­cury Prize in 2006 for their de­but album, The Warn­ing) have sur­prised many with their most re­cent album, Made in the Dark.

While it was once pre­sumed that HC would never veer any­where near the main­stream, their sec­ond album se­duced the buyer into think­ing they were lis­ten­ing to a chart-hug­ging group. Their ten­dency to in­dulge in what has been de­scribed as “squelchy ana­logue tom­fool­ery” threat­ens to un­der­mine their bril­liance, but such shenani­gans are min­imised by the band’s over­all approach to mu­sic: head-turn­ing, glee­ful and arch.

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