By: Staff –
Hot Chip have announced that their eighth album, Freakout/Release, is due for release on August 19th via Domino.
Freakout/Release is another dizzying high in a multi-decade career that’s seen Hot Chip continuing to innovate and develop a rich, resonant songcraft. And while they continue to operate at peak form, the album also feels like a new chapter for the group—a collection of flesh-and-blood songs that finds the band reaching into the darkness to emerge as a true creative unit, their gazes fixed positively on the future ahead.
The five piece – comprised of Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Joe Goddard, Felix Martin (not pictured) and Alexis Taylor – also share the first cut from the record, the album’s vibrant and expansive opening track, the phenomenal ear-worm “Down.” Watch the video for “Down” below.
“Down” was the first song the band worked on for the record; anchored around a sample of Universal Togetherness Band’s “More Than Enough” that Joe Goddard had looped, it kicked off the writing process and the band finished the song in a burst of energy. The video, directed by iconic British trailblazers Douglas Hart and Steve Mackey,merges strobing lights, metal welding, distorted images of the band alongside a reference to The Shining.
Freakout/Release was written and recorded in the band’s newly minted Relax & Enjoy Studio in East London, a creative space that Al Doyle put together before and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coalescing in the Relax & Enjoy Studio was essential in establishing the album’s lively, full-band sound and marks the first time Hot Chip began work on a new record all together as well as reuniting them in the same room for the first time following their touring behind 2019’s A Bath Full Of Ecstasy.
Fittingly, harnessing Hot Chip’s irreplicable live energy in a studio space was in the front of the band’s mind, as they found themselves particularly inspired by their cover of Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” that’s become a setlist staple. “The idea of being out of control is always there in dance music, in a positive sense,” Doyle explains while discussing the cover’s influence on the new album.
“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. Joe Goddard describes the creative plan of attack as creating “In a natural way, without too much discussion or a grand plan.” This improvisatory vibe was supported by the new studio space, Doyle adds: “Everything’s on all the time, and it’s very easy to capture what we’re doing.”
Lyrically, Freakout/Release explores darker emotions than previous Hot Chip albums have, drawing from the personal and the political to chart the ways people survive even amidst immovable struggles. “We were living through a period where it was very easy to feel like people were losing control of their lives in different ways,” Goddard explains. “There’s a darkness that runs through a lot of those tracks.” Thankfully, Hot Chip aren’t alone while exploring emotionally uncertain territory. Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon features on “The Evil That Men Do”, British DJ and musician Lou Hayter lends her vocals to the slinky “Hard to Be Funky,” while legendary production duo Soulwax contribute additional magic to the raucous title track.
5. Not Alone
6. Hard To Be Funky feat. Lou Hayter
8. Miss The Blues
9. The Evil That Men Do feat. Cadence Weapon
11. Out Of My Depth
2022 Tour Dates
April 19 – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
April 22 – Humphrey’s Concerts, San Diego, CA
April 23 – Coachella Festival, Indio, CA
April 24 – The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
April 26 – Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO
April 27 – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
April 29 – House of Blues, Dallas, TX
April 30 – Stubb’s Waller Amphitheater, Austin, TX
May 2 – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville, TN
May 3 – Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
May 5 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
May 7 – Pulso GNP Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
May 9 – House of Blues, Boston, MA
May 10 – Avant Gardner, Brooklyn, NY
May 11 – Brooklyn Bowl, Philadelphia, PA
May 13 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
May 14 – Radius, Chicago, IL
June 3 – Junction 1 Summer Series, Glasgow, Scotland
June 5 – Forbidden Fruit, Dublin, Ireland
July 8 – Cruilla Barcelona, Spain
July 15 – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon, Portugal
July 16 – Beat Herder, Clitheroe, UK
August 6 – Wide Skies & Butterflies, Norfolk, UK
September 2 – Cala Mijas Festival, Malaga, Spain
September 21 – o2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
September 22 – o2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
September 23 – o2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
September 24 – o2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
October 1 – Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
October 2 – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
October 3 – AB Ballroom, Brussels, Belgium
October 5 – Tivoli Ronda, Utrecht, The Netherlands
October 8 – Olympia, Paris, France
Pre-sale tickets from April 21 @ 9am local, general tickets on sale April 22 @ 9am local
Freakout/Release will be available on Dom Mart exclusive orange-colored double vinyl, Indies exclusive brown-colored double vinyl, standard double vinyl, CD and digitally. All vinyl editions have an exclusive track “The Most Painful Game.” Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital