FED up with maudlin guitar bands whining about their problems? So are Hot Chip – and they’re here to tell you all about it.
The electronic band return to Glasgow this week on the heels of their fifth album, In Our Heads, and as first single Night and Day (released earlier this year) proves, audiences can expect a night of the same upbeat dance floor fillers the band have been peddling since 2000.
In Our Heads charted in the top 15, and the video for the single turned heads thanks to special appearances from celebrities like Lara Stone and Terence Stamp, as well as directorial duties in the hands of comedy actor Peter Serafinowicz.
Then, there was the cover artwork, designed by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller – so far, so art school.
But the line “I like Zapp not Zappa” (pitting the muso favourite singer-songwriter against a 70s funk and soul band) is hailed as something of a mantra for Hot Chip.
Joe Goddard (vocals, synthesizer, percussion) explained: “We tried to make something joyful and alive and that’s it really.
“Maybe when people listen to music that’s positive and joyous, they might feel like that’s cheesy in some way – for me though, I want to listen to records like Never Too Much by Luther Vandross.
“I don’t want to listen to a band that’s caught up in their hang-ups and problems. That’s just not interesting to me”.
It’s a tactic which has worked in the past, with singles like Over and Over (2006) and Ready for the Floor (2008) becoming airplay favourites and club staples to this day.
You may not think great thoughts during this gig – but chances are that you’ll end up on the dance floor, and be all the happier for it.
n Hot Chip play Glasgow’s O2 ABC on Friday (October 12), supported by Disclosure. Doors 7pm, and show is over 14s only. For ticket info, visit www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk.