'In Our Heads' has been an album that I've played 'Over and Over' again since I first heard it. 'Hotchip' have been an act I have missed out on at many a music festival. Hearing they were coming to Melbourne whilst I'm here was an opportunity too good to miss.
Hotchip have the whole packet. They make music that makes you want to dance like a crazed loon. They have a collective style that make you want to raid your nearest opp shop to out-dress them and they are genuinely down to earth judging from interviews/various television appearances I've seen.
I headed to the Palace Theatre, dressed in a Hawaiian wraparound trouser suit, hair pigtailed, finishing off the look with an unnecessary large retro necklace, and I knew every word to their newest record.
The support act were just as special to see. They're a band I've seen live before, and who were weirdly introduced to me by the lead singer's cousin, who is a very close friend of mine. 'World's End Press' are clearly influenced by bands such as Hotchip. To be the supporting artist of any major name is a daunting task. They rocked the place with vigour. John Parkinson has a Jeff Buckley quality to his vocals with lyrics that are relatable and fresh. Their songs are undeniably catchy and upbeat and they are a band working so hard at making great music for the sheer love of it. I have every faith in them making it big.
Hotchip gave the crowd everything. They played their classics; the Grammy nominated, 'Ready for the Floor', 'Over and Over' and 'One Life Stand', as well as pumping out they're new sickly slick tunes and event threw in a cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic, 'Everywhere' into the mix.
Hotchip beautifully orchestrated their set and there was never a dull moment. I can only really describe the way they shift from one song to the next, as like lighting rockets. They clearly know how to party! To go to a gig that makes you seriously sweat from dancing whilst screaming back their lyrics, causing you to feel utterly satisfied, is one of my most favourite pastimes.