Hot Chip: ‘We smile when we see overnight sensation bands that split up’

The band discuss their future in a new interview with NME

Hot Chip have spoken to NME about their new album release, ‘Why Make Sense?’.

The London-based band released their sixth LP this week (May 18), their first record since 2012’s ‘In Our Heads’. Speaking in this week’s print issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands now, the band described their intent with the full-length to “keep it awkward, in a pleasing way”.

Consistently releasing records since their 2004 debut, the band state that their aim was never to take over the charts. “I don’t ever really feel that successful, honestly,” the band’s Joe Goddard said, with frontman Alexis Taylor adding, “I just see other bands going up and up. I don’t think we’ve ever been that big a success. ‘Over and Over’ is probably the song we’re most well known for and it charted at Number 33 or something.”

Despite ‘Over and Over’ actually peaking at Number 27 and 2008’s ‘Ready for the Floor’ reaching Number Six in the UK Singles Chart, the band remain adamant that they’re playing the long game. Goddard adds, “We see it as a marathon and not a sprint. And when we see the carcasses of all the overnight sensation bands that then split up or something, we slowly drive past, look at them, and get a smile of joy out of those moments.”

Quizzed on the band’s future, Goddard stated that being in the group remained “fun”. “I don’t think I’ve ever questioned [the future of the band],” he said, before jokingly adding, “although, if I had some enormo mega-hit outside of Hot Chip, I’d obviously leave the band and pursue that”.

‘Why Make Sense?’ is out now via Domino. Its tracklisting is as follows:

‘Huarache Lights’
‘Love Is The Future’
‘Cry For You’
‘Started Right’
‘White Wine And Fried Chicken’
‘Dark Night’
‘Easy To Get’
‘Need You Now’
‘So Much Further To Go’
‘Why Make Sense?’

Following a number of festival appearances over the summer, Hot Chip will tour the UK in October. See the dates and details below.

Hot Chip will play:

Bristol O2 Academy (October 13)
Portsmouth Pyramid Centre (14)
Glasgow Barrowland (16)
Manchester Albert Hall (17)
Leeds Beckett University (18)
Nottingham Rock City (20)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (21)
London O2 Brixton Academy (22)

To check the availability of Hot Chip tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.