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Aging Gracefully: Hot Chip & Georgia
at NYC’s Webster Hall

Life is full of disappointments, but Hot Chip have never caused any of them. A decade into their career, the British synth outfit have earned bona fide staple status, showcased at a triumphant performance at NYC’s Webster Hall last week. Following a storming set from new Domino labelmate Georgia, who makes an ear-catching blend of grime and dark synth-rock, they exhibited their well-oiled machine that’s anything but mechanical. After 2012 LP In Our Heads, they spent some time apart working on different projects–Alexis Taylor’s solo album, Felix Martin and Al Doyle’s band New Build, Joe Goddard’s project the 2 Bears, all excellent in their own right. Now, the pieces are back together in fine form on latest LP Why Make Sense?, released earlier this year. Kicking off with album opener “Huarache Lights,” they showed why Hot Chip are one of the most reliably great bands around.

Naming names wouldn’t be polite, but there are a number of their contemporaries from 10 years ago who now induce little besides shrugs or secondhand embarrassment. Hot Chip are, instead, a lesson in aging gracefully. There is no grasping at youth here, just an open embrace of the progression of time that we could all learn from. Taylor’s satin-wrapped voice couldn’t pull off songs like “One Life Stand,” “I Feel Better,” and “White Wine And Fried Chicken” that can cut through the most hardened cynic if there was any shred of artifice present. There’s always been an impenetrable warmth and purity to their being, letting reworked versions of older tracks like “Ready For The Floor” and “Over And Over” feel as fresh as they did when they first came out. This is a band that’s always known exactly what’s right for them, and surely Why Make Sense? highlights “Easy To Get” and “Cry For You” will slip easily into their own canon. Following a typically transcendent rendition of In Our Heads track “Let Me Be Him,” Hot Chip ended the evening at their most uplifting, segueing a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” into LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends,” which saw them joined onstage by Sinkane and Nancy Whang. Even rolling solo, it’s impossible to feel alone when that much joy is present in the room.

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text by: Katie Chow

photography by: Katie Chow










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