Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Down the Chippie

I earned my blogger's stripes last night with a wee trip down the road to watch the mighty Hot Chip (pictured, not last night) at the Zodiac. They. were. AMAZING. The gig was in the smaller, basement room of the venue, and the atmosphere homely and relaxed; we also hooked up with James from Headphonesex, a very good egg, needless to say. I still haven't heard the Hot Chip LP, so for more intimate details of what they actually played you might be advised to head James' way. This much I do know: the closing triumvirate of 'No Fit State', 'Just Like We Breakdown' and 'Over & Over' were scintillating, and like everything they played, they were delivered with the ineffable, body-poppin' stage presence that we've come to expect from Le Chip..I think the evening was best summed up by Kelly, who I'd dragged to the gig with me and who, having only heard 'Over & Over' previously, declared towards the end of the set 'I think Hot Chip are probably my favourite band now.' Quite. Also on the Mr Soft Whooping Scale, twice Kelly got very angry for me shouting in her ear, and I reckon I was averaging one whoop every thirty seconds - so a little bit of elementary maths says they must've been fucking good. 8/10 on the SWS.

Support came from the mightily odd Grosvenor, aka Rob Smoughton, a middle-aged looking chap whose act was basically M&S attired, suburban Har Mar - it was like watching Steven Spielberg's body do the bidding of Prince's soul. There was also definitely a whiff of Simply Red and Fleetwood Mac in his lady-lovin' exertions, but do we have an unlikely star on our hands? Um, probably not, but I for one will be championing Grosvenor just so long as he remains as defiantly strange as he was last night. It's a testament to the lo-fi-ness of his whole project that the CD I bought from him (Metrosexual), despite having nine songs, is separated arbitrarily (and accidentally) into three tracks. So here, have four in one - separate 'em up if you want, or enjoy a Grosvenor party megamix like you've never heard before...

Grosvenor - House of Many Windows; I Wouldn't Mind 'Er; Fessin'; It's Latin The Evening // CDR

I think the Bristol office of TAPE will be attending the 'Chip's gig there tonight, so enjoy it boys, get thee to the front and dust off some techno cobwebs....


Blogger headphonesex said...

It might well take a few days for me to say much.

You said it pretty well yourself though!

There's only 25 tickets left for !!! !


I'll probably get one this evening, but need to check i've got nothing else on...

12:08 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

The Bristol office will indeed be attending the gig at the Fleece tonight, and I hope that my now stratospheric expectations are fulfilled! (Now where are those beans?)

One question though: were people actually dancing or were they standing around nodding their heads with their arms folded?

2:03 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

Oh, and another thing! Why on earth have the idiots at EMI not put the Erol mix of 'Boy From School' on the 12"?! What a shocker!

2:06 PM  
Blogger headphonesex said...

There was a lot of standing around. But in a chilled out oxford way rather than a moody london way.

We did plenty of dancin' though. So that's all that counts!

3:24 PM  
Blogger headphonesex said...

(and whooping)

3:24 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

Yes, I expect plenty of stoned standing around. I really do reckon the lethargy of a Bristol crowd is second to none. Nevertheless, my dancing shoes will firmly be on!

3:57 PM  
Blogger Blackest said...

as headpbonesex says, we danced and whooped for the masses. and though they're was a lot of standing around, it had a certain relaxed positivity to it, well, i didn't feel as much as of a cock as usual dancing like a girl in a ja rule video...really good. and yes, rich, i have to say, in my so far rather limited experience of global gig-going, i have to say, the lethargy of the Bristol crowd is second to none...

11:38 PM  
Blogger Tal said...

erm... did they play the erol alkan re-work of boy from school? :-)

10:55 AM  
Anonymous porn said...

We did plenty of dancin' though. So that's all that counts!

10:36 PM  

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