Hot Chip perform in The Current studio

by Mark Wheat, Peter Valelly

Hot Chip perform "Day and Night" live on 89.3 The Current. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  1. Listen Hot Chip perform in The Current studio

    Jul 13, 2012

British band Hot Chip has made a career out of exploring the collision point between heart-rending indie rock, cleverly self-aware pop and spastic, dancefloor-ready electronica. Since their 2004 debut Coming On Strong and the breakout success of its 2006 follow-up The Warning, they've toured the world and headlined festivals, collaborated with the likes of Peter Gabriel and psych-rock vet Robert Wyatt, and launched a smattering of side projects.

Along the way, they've continued to hone their lush, inviting electro-pop sound over the course of three more albums. The latest, the self-produced In Our Heads, was released earlier this summer and earned some of the band's most enthusiastic reactions to date.

During their US tour, Hot Chip found some time to stop by The Current, play a few songs, and chat with Mark Wheat.

Songs played: "Look At Where We Are/If I Were Your Girlfriend," "Night and Day" and "Don't Deny Your Heart."

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10 Photos

  • Alexis Taylor of British electro-pop band Hot Chip.
    Alexis Taylor of British electro-pop band Hot Chip. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Hot Chip load their equipment in for an in-studio session at The Current.
    Hot Chip load their equipment in for an in-studio session at The Current. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Hot Chip's electronic set-up.
    Hot Chip's electronic set-up. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Hot Chip's electronic set-up.
    Hot Chip's electronic set-up. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • A drummer for Hot Chip.
    A drummer for Hot Chip. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Hot Chip percussionist Grosvenor (real name Rob Smoughton).
    Hot Chip percussionist Grosvenor (real name Rob Smoughton). (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Hot Chip multi-instrumentalist Felix Martin.
    Hot Chip multi-instrumentalist Felix Martin. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Members of British electro-pop outfit Hot Chip.
    Members of British electro-pop outfit Hot Chip. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Hot Chip bassist and multi-instrumentalist Al Doyle.
    Hot Chip bassist and multi-instrumentalist Al Doyle. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip.
    Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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