As the sun set and crowd drew in Hot Chip opens with “How Do You Do,” a somewhat slow jam with danceable beats.
The vibe was energetic and growing as the group jammed out “One Life Stand” and “Night and Day” without missing a beat. The group brought along Chris Berry on drums and kept the crowd hyped even through slow burner “We’re Looking For A Lot of Love.”
As we left the field the band continued its giant dance party. It’s not as intense as the crammed tents but just enough to keep you going as the dark draws in.
The second S.S. Coachella cruise has returned to port, and reviews from the two trips are in as well.
Hot Chip at Coachella 2008 (Charley Gallay, Getty Images)
I don’t have anything against Hot Chip
— well, nothing rational, anyway.
Still, whenever I hear the UK group’s techno beats and Alexis Taylor‘s signature vocals, I seem to tense up involuntarily.
After ruling out the lyrics, vocals, instrumentation — anything substantive, really — as the basis for my aversion to this S.S. Coachella act, I came to terms with the fact that I just had a horrible first impression of Hot Chip.
Members of Hot Chip after performing Saturday, April 26 at Coachella 2008. (Charley Gallay, Getty Images)
Today, we’re introducing (or reintroducing) you to another S.S. Coachella
act, Hot Chip