LCD Soundsystem at the Fillmore, 10/20/10

Categories: Concert Reviews

Jon Solomon
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

With Hot Chip
10.20.10 | Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO

It's surprising that Hot Chip isn't more popular in Colorado. Priming the stage for LCD Soundsystem last night at the Fillmore, the U.K. band's music is definitely electronic at its base, but layers of guitar and living drumming lean heavily on jammy movements. "Colors," "Over and Over" and newer songs like "We Have Love" filled the venue's massive space with Hot Chip's complex harmonies, as Alexis Taylor's subtle coo led his bandmates' voices, synthesizers, maracas and noodling guitars through an almost seamless set.

Jon Solomon
Hot Chip

The crowd was still slowly filing in midway through Hot Chip's set, moving with a subdued rhythm to songs that seemed to have required more dancing. But the band kept on, operating like its own little five-piece factory working away at each song, heads bobbing and feet tapping as the warm, repetitive tones of "Hold On" and "I Feel Better" built a platform for the grand finale, "Ready for the Floor."

Jon Solomon
Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip

Hot Chip scurried off, replaced by a gathering of stage and production people, scratching their heads and directing pieces of musical equipment that filled the space with a mosaic of drum risers, cords and mike stands. Less than thirty minutes later, "Dance Yrself Clean" introduced mastermind James Murphy to the crowd, the song's slow tapping leading the rest of the band on stage before an explosion of light and percussion brought the performance to life.

Jon Solomon

Murphy cradled the microphone in his hand, pushing through "Drunk Girls" before introducing his live collaborators, including Hot Chip multi-instrumentalist Al Doyle, who was pulling double duty. Carefully engineering the connection to his audience, Murphy and his band set "Get Innocuous" and "Yr City's a Sucker" in place before barreling into eminent crowd-pleaser "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House."

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