Photo by Matilda Hill Jenkins

Hot Chip have released details of the eighth album Freakout/Release, due for release on August 19th via Domino. They’ve also shared the first cut from the record, Down.

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 pandemic.

“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,” says the band’s Alexis Taylor. Joe Goddard, meanwhile, describes the creative plan of attack as creating “in a natural way, without too much discussion or a grand plan.”   

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. 

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“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.” 

 

Tracklisting:  

1.     Down  

2.     Eleanor  

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3.     Freakout/Release  

4.     Broken  

5.     Not Alone  

6.     Hard To Be Funky feat. Lou Hayter  

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7.     Time  

8.     Miss The Bliss  

9.     The Evil That Men Do feat. Cadence Weapon  

10.  Guilty  

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11.  Out Of My Depth  

 

Upcoming live dates 

19th April – The Warfield, San Francisco  

22nd April – Humphrey’s Concerts, San Diego  

23rd April – Coachella, Indio  

24th April – The Van Buren, Phoenix  

26th April – Mission Ballroom, Denver  

27th April – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque  

29th April – House of Blues, Dallas  

30th April – Stubb’s Waller Amphitheater, Austin  

2nd May – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville  

3rd May – Tabernacle, Atlanta  

5th May – The Orange Peel, Asheville  

7th May – Pulso GNP Festival, Mexico City  

9th May – House of Blues, Boston  

10th May – Avant Gardner, Brooklyn  

11th May – Brooklyn Bowl, Philadelphia  

13th May – Stage AE, Pittsburgh  

14th May – Radius, Chicago  

3rd June – Junction 1 Summer Series, Glasgow 

5th June – Forbidden Fruit, Dublin  

8th July – Cruilla Barcelona  

15th July – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon  

16th July – Beat Herder, Clitheroe 

6th August – Wide Skies & Butterflies, Norfolk 

2nd September – Cala Mijas Festival, Malaga  

21st September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 

22nd September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 

23rd September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 

24th September – o2 Academy Brixton, London 

1st October – Tempodrom, Berlin  

2nd October – Live Music Hall, Cologne  

3rd October – AB Ballroom, Brussels  

5th October – Tivoli Ronda, Utrecht  

8th October – Olympia, Paris  

Pre-sale tickets from 21st April @ 9am local, general tickets on sale 22nd April @ 9am local  

For pre-sale access to the UK tour, you can pre-order the album.  

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