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LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip Meld Dance DNA in New Build

April 03, 2012

Al Doyle, Owen Clarke, Alexis Taylor, Felix Martin and Joe Goddard. British quintet Hot Chip are set to release their fifth studio album "In Our Heads" on Domino Records on June 12. As one of indie music's premiere electronic rock outfits, Hot Chip are embarking on a global summer tour in support of their upcoming record. Source: Press Here Publicity Via Bloomberg

Al Doyle, Owen Clarke, Alexis Taylor, Felix Martin and Joe Goddard. British quintet Hot Chip are set to release their fifth studio album "In Our Heads" on Domino Records on June 12. As one of indie music's premiere electronic rock outfits, Hot Chip are embarking on a global summer tour in support of their upcoming record. Source: Press Here Publicity Via Bloomberg

The buzz for New Build has been high since the announcement last year that the group was forming with players from two of indie music’s biggest dance-rock outfits, Hot Chip and the defunct LCD Soundsystem.

At the Mercury Lounge on March 13, frontman Al Doyle offered a superfluous introduction -- “We are New Build from London, England” -- before the septet opened with “Mercy,” from the debut album “Yesterday Was Lived and Lost,” out April 17th.

The crowd warmed up quickly, given that many were unfamiliar with the music. The tunes had been previously available only on the group’s website and two limited 12” releases. Amid airy guitar notes, tepid drumming and scattered synth, some infectious cowbell stirred things up.

For “Finding Reasons,” Felix Martin, a member of Hot Chip, and DJ/producer Tom Hopkins -- who along with Doyle make up the band’s core -- manned the keys. Hornlike effects were soon matched with Doyle’s grinding guitar solo. The short and poppy “Medication” had Ben Ubly’s rattling bass and bright vocals by Joy Leah Joseph.

“Schism of the Mind” was a rubbery, slippery track for which Doyle, who plays with both Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, put down his guitar and joined Martin and Hopkins on synths and drum machines. Then the next number turned the floor into a trampoline.

It was the album’s driving first single -- “Do You Not Feel Loved?” -- that made the dance party come alive. The pulsating number was so good that Doyle jokingly said at its conclusion, “I suggest we play that again.”

The energy remained at a high as a blend of cowbell and calypso-sounding keys brought in the jumpy “Behind The Shutter.”

Welcome ‘Misery’

Probably the one song that best reflects the two bands’ combined DNA was the set’s closer, “Misery Loves Company.” The twitching bass and wavy melody had chunks of cowbells, an etching guitar rift and a joyful chorus that captured the essence for the night -- smiles all around.

At the moment, New Build has no U.S. tour dates scheduled. Hot Chip has announced that its fifth album, “In Our Heads,” will be released on June 12. The supporting worldwide summer tour stops at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell on July 18.

A documentary of LCD Soundsystem’s final days called “Shut Up and Play the Hits” is scheduled for limited release in the June-September period.

Here’s a selection of New York-area shows in April. Please note that opening bands aren’t always listed. Shows marked (SO) are sold out, although online services such as Craigslist often have tickets.

April 3
SBTRKT/Willis Earl Beal/Sepalcure at Webster Hall (SO)
April 4
Wild Yaks/Fenster/Daytona at Knitting Factory
April 5
Screaming Females at Maxwell’s
April 6
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band at Madison Square Garden
(SO)
April 7
The Rapture at Music Hall of Williamsburg (SO)
April 8
The War on Drugs/Sleepy Sun at Bowery Ballroom (SO)
April 9
The Horrors/The Night Beats at Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 10
Yukon Blonde/Library Voices at Pianos
April 11
Howler/1,2,3 at Mercury Lounge (Early Show)
Pulp at Radio City Music Hall
April 12
Alabama Shakes at Music Hall of Williamsburg (SO)
April 13
White Denim at Bowery Ballroom (two shows)
April 14
Furthur at Beacon Theater (SO)
April 15
Kraftwerk at the Museum of Modern Art (SO)
April 16
Bad Veins at Mercury Lounge
April 17
Modeselektor at Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 18
Eleanor Friedberger/Hospitality at Bell House
April 19
Lambchop at Le Poisson Rouge
April 20
Lucero/J Roddy Walston & The Business at Webster Hall
April 21
The Greyboy Allstars at Brooklyn Bowl
April 22
Washed Out/Memoryhouse at Highline Ballroom (SO)
April 23
The Big Pink at Bowery Ballroom
April 24
Gauntlet Hair/Field Mice at Glasslands
April 25
Nick Lowe & His Band at Town Hall
April 26
Here We Go Magic at Knitting Factory
April 27
Cold Cave at Guggenheim Museum
April 28
Hanni El Khatib at Mercury Lounge (Late Show)
April 29
Archers of Loaf/Titus Andronicus at Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 30
The Shins at Terminal 5

(Jaime Widder works in sales for Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Jaime Widder in New York at jwidder@bloomberg.net or @Widder_Twidder.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff in New York at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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