Hot Chip will release their eighth album Freakout/Release on August 19 through Domino. It’s their first since 2019’s A Bath Full of Ecstasy and obviously their first since the pandemic, which kept them apart for quite a while. “We were living through a period where it was very easy to feel like people were losing control of their lives in different ways,” Joe Goddard explains. “There’s a darkness that runs through a lot of those tracks.”
However, the album isn’t doom and gloom: “By the time we were able to be back together, we were turning on a tap and having a lot of ideas being poured out quite quickly” adds Alexis Taylor.
The band have shared opening track “Down” which combines their effervescent creativity with some paranoid lyricism. Around a sample of Universal Togetherness Band’s “More Than Enough” they’ve built a robust dance track filled with rolling piano keys and slamming four on the floor beats, ensuring the irrepressible rhythm bursts through the fear to make “Down” is a surefire party slammer.
19th April – The Warfield, San Francisco 22nd April – Humphrey’s Concerts, San Diego 23rd April – Coachella, Indio 24th April – The Van Buren, Phoenix 26th April – Mission Ballroom, Denver 27th April – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque 29th April – House of Blues, Dallas 30th April – Stubb’s Waller Amphitheater, Austin 2nd May – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville 3rd May – Tabernacle, Atlanta 5th May – The Orange Peel, Asheville 7th May – Pulso GNP Festival, Mexico City 9th May – House of Blues, Boston 10th May – Avant Gardner, Brooklyn 11th May – Brooklyn Bowl, Philadelphia 13th May – Stage AE, Pittsburgh 14th May – Radius, Chicago 3rd June – Junction 1 Summer Series, Glasgow 5th June – Forbidden Fruit, Dublin
8th July – Cruilla Barcelona 15th July – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon 16th July – Beat Herder, Clitheroe
6th August – Wide Skies & Butterflies, Norfolk
2nd September – Cala Mijas Festival, Malaga
21st September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 22nd September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 23rd September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 24th September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 1st October – Tempodrom, Berlin 2nd October – Live Music Hall, Cologne 3rd October – AB Ballroom, Brussels 5th October – Tivoli Ronda, Utrecht 8th October – Olympia, Paris