Metro – Chicago, IL
Around 8:30 Sunday night, the synth-heavy electro-pop Hot Chip kicked off a two-night stint at the Metro. The visual duo, Growing, opened for them. Visual really isn’t my thing, I suppose if I were on acid it would be ‘wow’ but 100% sober, I just can’t get into it. Call me lame but I had the same reaction when I saw Yeasayer open for Man Man (coming to Bottom Lounge 10/18) earlier this year. -Actually, listening to them now it’s more intriguing…maybe I’ll give them another shot.
Sorry to deviate, there’s more about the actual show after the jump…
Lead Singer, Alexis Taylor snagged the crowd’s attention immediately with his white jumpsuit, a la Weezer, who is also on tour at the moment. “One Pure Thought” and “Bendable Poseable” were the first two out of the gate but the concert really jumped off when they busted out “Shake A Fist” for their third song. The dance floor was hoppin’ and I left the photo pit a song early to take part (I have a rant about this at the bottom.) It wasn’t as intense as Cut Copy but Hot Chip only traveled around 4,000 miles for the show while Cut Copy has to travel almost 10,000, that’s gotta be it.
According to the Metro, the show wasn’t officially sold out but I beg to differ. There were an awful lot of bodies crammed onto that dance floor.
A new song, shown as “Alleycats” on the set list popped up mid-set but I don’t remember it being too exciting. Check the video to see for yourself. They pulled songs from their previous two albums as well, my favorite being “Down With Prince” off Coming On Strong because I really am “sick of motherfuckers trying to tell me that they’re down with Prince.” For me, the old stuff is edgier and the new stuff has lost a lot of that, even though it’s what originally peaked my interest.
Just before exiting the stage, the 6-piece dared everyone to bust a groove with “Ready For The Floor.” After a stretched intro of “do it…say it…”, giant white balloons were unleashed on the crowd, a nice flare indeed. Check out this video from LA to get an idea: Balloons! Unfortunately this was really the only exciting addition to their show. I don’t know about most people but after seeing the video of “Ready For the Floor,” I was expecting one hell of a light show. Instead we got the default lighting from Metro and a few additional lights, nothing spectacular. On the plus side, there were no lights to distract from the artists who were pretty entertaining themselves.
For an encore, they played an incredibly generous four songs, “Playboy”, “My Piano”, “No Fit State”, and “In the Privacy of Our Love.” “My Piano” appears to be a new song as well because it’s not on the 3 CDs that I own. The show was followed by a DJ set at Smart Bar for those who are legal to drink, not those of us who are legal to die for our country…that’s an entirely different story though.
What’s with people in the photo pit that don’t get into the show? Maybe I’m an annoying photographer but when I’m up there, I’m singing along to the lyrics and dancing around. 90% of the shooters I see at concerts are so static; I can’t imagine they’re having any fun. When you’re in front of a big crowd like that, you’ve got two objectives:
- get a few good pictures
- prove to those fans in the front you know the music deserve to be up there