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As Hot Chip gear up to release their sixth album, the band’s Al Doyle explains how a slew of temptations inspired them to create a more stripped-back effort. Words: Sarah Jamieson.

tempting. .the senses.

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s a band that likes to play keyboards,” admits Hot Chip’s Al Doyle, “Angelic Studios was kinda the perfect place for us.” Feeling like kids let loose in a sweet shop is probably the best way to describe Hot Chip as they embarked upon the recording process of their new album, ‘Why Make Sense?’ “The engineers said that a lot of people never use that stuff, but we got it out and it was really incredible. There was some really interesting, fun stuff to play with. That was inspiring.”

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After completing work on their fifth full-length ‘In Our Heads’ back in 2012, the band had already begun to start thinking about new material. “It did take three years but I don’t know if that’s long or short really,” Al admits, thinking back to the birth of their new record. “It seems longer for us because, when it started, it wasn’t that long after we finished the last record. It’s always a continuous process for us anyhow; there’s always writing going on. Then, there were three extra albums that we put out. It’s not bad going really!”

Since their last effort as Hot Chip, individual members have also released The 2 Bears’ ‘The Night Is Young’, New Build’s ‘Pour It On’, and Alexis Taylor’s latest solo effort, ‘Await Barbarians’. Not bad going at all. However, the band once again joined forces and this time, it was about exploring some different avenues. “I think it is a bit more stripped down in some ways,” he muses. Of all their records, it feels that much closer to the live representation of themselves. “A lot of the songs were very multi-layered and there were definitely lots of options

DIY, May 2015  

Featuring Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Alabama Shakes, Django Django, Blur, Shamir, Palma Violets and loads more.

DIY, May 2015  

Featuring Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Alabama Shakes, Django Django, Blur, Shamir, Palma Violets and loads more.