Tag: In Our Heads
In pop music, to laud a band for its consistency can often seem like a backhanded compliment. The word brushes a little too close for comfort against notions of stagnancy, even staleness. On the other hand, there really is something sublimely comforting about a band that can deliver (over and over) records that are consistently solid – and do so without succumbing to stodgy repetitions.
The last Australian visit from UK dance-pop giants Hot Chip entailed a string of stellar double-headline sideshows with their trans-Atlantic contemporaries LCD Soundsystem. In the few years since, LCD have called it a day – but Hot Chip are gearing up to release their fifth record in a near-decade-long career, and show no signs of slowing down. After he answers the phone with a delightfully British “Hullo”, I ask frontman Alexis Taylor for the secret behind Hot Chip’s longevity. “Well, James’ [Murphy, LCD Soundsystem] band made the decision to end what they were doing relatively early on in their career,” he says. “It wasn’t because they didn’t have longevity; they just decided they didn’t want to make more than three albums, I guess. Cutting it short before outstaying their welcome is perhaps a self-deprecating way of looking at it. We just like making records, and we’ll keep making them as long as we enjoy it.