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Hot Chips & Pop: Oct. 1st @ Metropolis

Posted by Goran / September 28, 2008

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One of the hot ticket items of the swiftly approaching Pop Montreal festival will be the London-based Hot Chip. Keeping in mind that they played the Metropolis in mid-April, it’s relatively impressive that they’ll already be back in town on October 1st to kick off MTL’s 5 day indie-fest. And even though their last concert was a dud-like disappointment, on account of its 11:15 PM termination, it turns out that these guys are actually pretty intense, and may be worthy of a chance at redemption.

They’re already on their second North American tour in support of their third studio album, Made in the Dark. They’re constantly re-mixing, side-project-ing, and collaborating with a ridiculously long and diverse list of egos and artists, like Britain’s Roots Manuva, M.I.A., Gorillaz, and even Hamilton, Ontario’s own Junior Boys. Although I’m not overly familiar with Made in the Dark, the bits that I’ve heard thus far have a nice sound to them. It does seem to be considerably more synth-y and techno/house-y than their previous two wikked albums: Coming on Strong (2004) and The Warning (2006).

A recent interview published in the October edition of Montreal’s trendy Nightlife Magazine makes the group sound pretty into themselves, and with that also into gratifying their fans. I hope they keep that last bit in mind as they prepare themselves to inaugurate another installation of what’s becoming Montreal’s most anticipated annual music festival. Translation: another 11:15 finish, or anything of the sort, will no longer be tolerated by this blog nerd, especially not during Pop season.

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And as another blog nerd noted back in April [paraphrase]: if you’re into electro-pop and indie, then you probably love (or at least strongly like) Hot Chip. Unless Vancouver’s You Say Party! We Say Die! more effectively satisfies your indie electro-pop needs, you’re Pop Pass will likely be bouncing along with your body to the sweet sounds of Hot Chip at the Metropolis on Wednesday. For those without a pass and in need of acquiring tickets for either of the two Wednesday night spectacles, it may be wise to consider the costs involved. YSP/WSD is listed on the La Tulipe website as “$15-17”. This nominal amount also gives you the right to rock out with two sick homegrown acts: Beast and Winter Gloves. If, however, you have your sights set on Hot Chip, you should prepare yourself to part with at least our first Prime Minister and the Queen. In any case, I wish y'all happy poppin'.

Photos from the myspaces of Hot Chip and YSP!WSD!

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S. / September 29, 2008 at 08:41 am
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the ego thing doesn't surprise me. they're essentially a collective of individually accomplished DJs. i bet getting them to play a show together is like herding cats.

i quite like them, but it's amazing how utterly depressing some of their beats are. it's as though they've managed to synthesize the ongoing British malaise into 4 minute tracks and now they're exporting it around the globe. "we're miserable, mates, and now you'll be, too"

wankers? or today's answer to Radiohead?
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