Concert Review: Hot Chip, April 16, The Phoenix

Toronto – Hot Chip live is awesome. Awesome awesome awesome. Theres really no other way to review this concert. The opening act – sucked. I don’t know who they were, but they seemed to think that rhyming in front of some electro beats can get it done. NOPE. They also ended one of the songs with one of those really large distortions of sound or something that was absolute rubbish and made me want to go cry for mama. Thank god they were done rather quickly.

Hot Chip came on some time after that, the break between the opening act and them was not very long, and that was great. From that point on, for about an hour and 20 minutes maybe, it was pure mayhem. Consisting of maybe five people or something, the band came on stage, said hi to everyone and proceeded to just rock it. I think they started out with ‘Shake a Fist’. I can’t recall. Either way, they went to ‘Hold On’ right afterwards and the concert shifted from a wow to a WHAAAAAAAAAAT. Their album material is nothing compared to their live show. The energy, the beats, the seamless transition from one song to the next – they had most people in the Phoenix moving (it is Toronto, town of the non mover mans).

By the time the faint beats of ‘Over and Over’ started churning thru the system halfway thru the set, they pretty had reach the point where you are like ‘THIS IS AWESOME’ to random strangers around you, and yes, that song sounds better live (I know, its possible) then it does on album.

Anyway, I could go on, but I am thinking you get the idea already. Hot Chip is spectacular live, you can not miss them if they are visiting your village. I think I danced so much I lost half the weight I gained while dining on fabulously great food in Asia. So that’s another bonus.

5 / 5

You can tell a concert is great when you are still pumped about it the next day. Now that’s a good time.

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10 Responses to Concert Review: Hot Chip, April 16, The Phoenix

  1. Pitchfork

    Consisting of 5 members, you think? Please do some research before you write a concert review. Yes, it may have been awesome, but you failed to explain why it was such a fantastic show. There’s only so many times you can say the word awesome. And your description of why Free Blood (the opening act) “sucked” is so unconvincing.

    I thought Hot Chip failed to live up to their hype live, personally. They weren’t engaging to watch, and their live renditions of their songs sounded too contrived. (And the crowd vibe was a bit of a downer.)

  2. Ricky

    hmm most of the crowd that was around me was pretty into it. Phoenix is a big place, so it’s probably a luck of the draw crowdwise. If you are standing in the back, then yeah, it’ll suck.

  3. Wade

    Yes I agree with Pitchfork. You should do your research and explain why you feel the way you do about a particular show. See this Pitchfork link for the proper way to how to review an artists material to gain respect.


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  5. Pitchfork

    I don’t mean to pat ourselves on the back, but that was brilliant.

  6. Wade

    yes, i’ll admit, it was a good visual reference to use

  7. Josh

    I was at the concert. I thought that the crowd was into it. But alas everyone has different perspectives.

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