Hot Chip, Passion Pit - Hollywood Bowl - September 9, 2012
Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Omar Souleyman
Timothy Norris Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, center
Better Than: passionless pits, cold chips, obvious puns.
When it comes to intricately grand disco-infused future rock for dance-loving adults, despite our continued sadness and confusion over LCD Soundsystem's breakup, we can take comfort knowing that Hot Chip is still going strong. The London-based electropop outfit played a tight and highly danceable show for a packed house last night at the Hollywood Bowl as the headliners of a KCRW World Music Festival. Also featured were pop kids Passion Pit and Syrian musician Omar Souleyman.
After cancelling a handful of shows in conjunction with lead singer Michael Angelakos' announcement that he needed some time to improve his mental health, Passion Pit is just getting into the swing of a tour behind their recently released sophomore LP Gossamer. In any case, Angelakos looked every bit the healthy hipster gentleman as he delivered a set which grew more compelling in sound and scope as it progressed. Rich treatments of new songs like "Take a Walk" and fleshed out takes of early hits like "Little Secrets" found Passion Pit comfortably maturing into a legit live act after initially blowing up hard and fast. While Angelakos' falsetto felt forced in moments, his singing voice seems to have developed in richness, and it's encouraging to watch the group expand their indie pop staying power with an increasingly sophisticated sound.
Timothy Norris Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos
Between sets, a warm breeze and a crowd full of indie rock eye candy made the Hollywood Bowl an incredibly pleasant place to be. Hot Chip took the stage just after dusk, a gaggle of British men in slightly rumpled suitcoats who launched into an immediately kinetic "Shake a Fist" off of 2008's Made In the Dark. "There's absolutely a fucking shitload of people here," declared potty-mouthed and perpetually smiling guitarist Al Doyle, and it took about three seconds for much of the audience to get off their asses and dance. Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor calmly and commandingly wove his pristine falsetto, a voice as true to form live as it is on record, through hits and deep cuts alike, although they did not play "Motion Sickness," which caused the woman sitting next to me to nearly start crying.