Photos by Brianna Kalajian. Review by Ronny Kerr
See photos of dance rock band Hot Chip performing to a sold out show at August Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
It was an intimate night for Hot Chip, a nearly 20-year-old group that has played some of the world’s biggest festivals and collaborated with everyone from LCD Soundsystem to art rock legend Robert Wyatt.
With a new album coming out in July—their first in four years—and tours slated for Europe and North America, Hot Chip played a rainbow-splashed, sold out show in San Francisco at tiny August Hall. (They’ll be back Wednesday, September 25 to play the much larger Fox Theater in Oakland.) Everyone was digging the band’s characteristically house-inspired set, featuring fan favorites ("Over and Over", "Boy from School", and "Ready for the Floor”), their new single “Hungry Child”, and a cover of Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” during the encore.
It was just as much a night for Hot Chip as it was for August Hall, the Tenderloin venue (formerly home to the storied dance club Ruby Skye) celebrating its one-year anniversary party. After the live set from 9 to 10:30 PM, event staff worked quickly to clear the stage (and half the audience) for the second segment of the night, featuring DJ sets from the band. They kept the party going with choice selections from De La Soul, Prince, Marie Davidson (via Soulwax remix), and more.
Hot Chip’s seventh studio album, A Bath Full of Ecstasy, is slated to be released on June 21, 2019. Listen to the album's first single “Hungry Child” here and check out their tour dates (Europe in the summer, North America in the fall) here.