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Video of the Moment #256: Hot Club de Paris

By on Tuesday, 1st June 2010 at 6:00 pm

From Hot Club de Paris‘s latest EP, ‘The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band’, comes this gem, ‘Free the Pterodactyl 3’. I don’t know about you, but this band always makes me laugh and I always have a good time when I’m listening to them. This video for what I’m calling ‘the Pterodactyl song’ is pretty funny too. Check it out below.


‘The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band’ EP by Hot Club de Paris is available now from Moshi Moshi Records. You can grab two free mp3s here. The band begins a tour of the UK tomorrow.


MP3(s) of the Day #180: Hot Club de Paris

By on Thursday, 13th May 2010 at 10:00 am

Hot Club de Paris is set to release a new EP entitled ‘The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band’ on 24 May. Prior to that, they’ve made available a new song called ‘Free the Pterodactyl 3’ on Rcrd Lbl. While I was trawling the site I found another gem: the Cereal Ragged Remix of ‘Dance a Ragged Dance’ from their recently released ‘With Days Like This as Cheap as Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want to Work?’ EP (previously reviewed on TGTF). You can grab both tracks from the links below. Be sure to catch the Scousers on their UK tour next month.

MP3: Hot Club de Paris – Free the Pterodactyl 3

MP3: Hot Club de Paris – Dance a Ragged Dance (Cereal’s Ragged Remix)


Hot Club de Paris / June 2010 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 15th April 2010 at 2:30 pm

Liverpudlians Hot Club de Paris have announced an extensive UK tour for June. The tour begins in Newcastle on 02 June and ends 30 June in Norwich. Tickets for this tour are on sale now.

The band plans to release a new EP entitled ‘The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band’ on 24 May. The EP will be available digitally and on limited hand-numbered 10″ vinyl with artwork they’ve done themselves. Their last release, the ‘With Days Like This as Cheap as Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want to Work?’ EP (reviewed last month here at TGTF), is available now from Moshi Moshi records.

Wednesday 2nd June 2010 – Newcastle, Offshore 44
Thursday 3rd June 2010 – Sunderland, TBA
Friday 4th June 2010 – Darlington, Inside Out
Tuesday 8th June 2010 – Manchester, Moho
Wednesday 9th June 2010 – Hull, Lamp
Thursday 10th June 2010 – Sheffield, DQ
Friday 11th June 2010 – Coventry, Kasbah
Saturday 12th June 2010 – Leigh, Bar Bliss
Tuesday 15th June 2010 – Portsmouth, Cellars
Wednesday 16th June 2010 – Exeter, Cavern Cub
Thursday 17th June 2010 – Leicester, Music Café
Friday 18th June 2010 – Northampton, Roadmenders
Saturday 19th June 2010 – Harlow, Square
Tuesday 22nd June 2010 – Stirling, Tollbooth
Wednesday 23th June 2010 – Aberdeen, Warehouse
Thursday 24th June 2010 – Glasgow, King Tuts
Friday 25th June 2010 – Carlisle, Brickyard
Saturday 26th June 2010 – Blackburn, Live Lounge
Tuesday 29th June 2010 – Guildford, Boiler Room
Wednesday 30th June 2010 – Norwich, Arts Centre


Album Review: Hot Club de Paris – With Days Like This as Cheap as Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want to Work? EP

By on Monday, 1st March 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sunday night, the 22nd of April 2007. I was sat up in the balcony of Shepherd’s Bush Empire, looking down on Liverpool trio Hot Club de Paris as they played their opening set right before Carl Barat’s Dirty Pretty Things. I’d never heard of these three blokes before but I have to say, nearly 3 years on now, I still remember being impressed by their angular brand of rock, even though I didn’t know any of their songs. One song, ‘Shipwreck’, got the crowd really excited. At the time I wasn’t a blogger of course, so the details are fuzzy and I was there primarily for the DPT experience. But now that I have heard Hot Club de Paris’s latest effort, six songs put together as an EP stop-gap between albums, I’ll be paying attention to where these Liverpudlians go musically in the near future. The cheekily-titled EP ‘With Days Like This as Cheap as Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want to Work?’ is borrowed from a poem by Nottingham poet Matthew Welton, a favourite writer of lead singer/lyricist Paul Rafferty. Further, according to an interview in Clash Music Magazine, Rafferty admitted that their band has a decidedly DIY outlook on making music, choosing to record and produce this EP entirely on their own.

‘Dance a Ragged Dance’ is the opening number: it’s got a great vibe and equally great lyrics, like “buildings / booked basement parties, sad times / the moonlight lit a kiss on the stairs“. Lovely. There’s also the proclamation of ‘we can either dance or die!‘ that wins points with me. Rafferty admitted to Clash Music that he is a fan of song lyrics, definitely a man after my own heart. The humble xylophone seem to be the instrument du jour these days, and Hot Club de Paris has gotten in on the act as well, using a xylophone’s notes to segue from into the next song, ‘Fuck You, the Truth’. ‘Song’ might be the wrong word to use, as it’s more of a spoken word tirade that you might expect, say, at a home game at Anfield sometime soon. Come to think of it, the Love Music Hate Racism people might do well to ring up these blokes because I think their style of music might be useful in writing a campaign anthem.

I’m not really sure where the band was going with the outro of ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?’ It almost feels like it was tacked on later when they felt like aping the Rolling Stones. I don’t mind rocking instrumental outros; the ending just seemed so different from the rest of the song that preceded it, which I far preferred: a shoutfest laid on top of seemingly part Oriental / part Scottish (?) rhythm. This is the style I think best represents this band’s brand of art punk and is what they do best, as evidenced by ‘Dog Tired at the Spring Dance Marathon,’ for sure a mouthful of a title, but a great marriage between melodic vocals and guitars put together to create something special.

If I had to choose, ‘Noses Blazing’ is probably the track on this EP with the most radio hit-making potential. Short (just over the 2-minute mark) and simple (voice, guitars, and drums, the basics of a rock band), it’s proof it’s certainly possible to write a tight piece of pop without overthinking it. And to round things off is ‘Extra Time, Sudden Death’. What did I say before about stadium chants? Just reading the title of this one makes you think of the football pitch, and this is Hot Club de Paris’s football song. I’ll have to ask them about it sometime…


Hot Club de Paris’s new EP ‘With Days Like This as Cheap as Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want to Work?’ was released last week (22 February) is available now as on iTunes and as a limited edition 10″ from Moshi Moshi Records’s online shop.


Hot Club De Paris / February 2010 UK Tour

By on Monday, 18th January 2010 at 10:00 am

Liverpudlians Hot Club De Paris will be embarking on a tour in February. The string of dates finishes with a hometown gig at Liverpool’s Korova. This tour will be in support of a new six-track EP, ‘With Days Like This As Cheap As Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want To Work?’, to be released digitally by Moshi Moshi Records on 8 February, with a limited edition 10-inch vinyl version set to follow on February 22. Moshi Moshi have confirmed that a second EP, ‘The Rise And Inevitable Fall Of The High School Suicide Cluster Band’, will follow sometime later this year. I was taken by these boys as they supported Dirty Pretty Things at Shepherds Bush in 2006, so I’m bummed I’ll be missing them on this outing.

Monday 8th February 2010 – Birmingham Rainbow
Tuesday 9th February 2010 – London Lexington
Wednesday 10th February 2010 – Brighton Freebutt
Thursday 11th February 2010 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 12th February 2010 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 13th February 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Monday 15th February 2010 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 16th February 2010 – York City Street Basement
Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Newcastle Cluny
Thursday 18th February 2010 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Friday 19th February 2010 – Dundee Doghouse
Saturday 20th February 2010 – Middlesborough Uncle Alberts
Monday 22nd February 2010 – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Wednesday 24th February 2010 – Oxford Jericho
Thursday 25th February 2010 – Winchester Railway
Friday 26th February 2010 – Liverpool Korova

You can preorder Hot Club De Paris’s ‘With Days Like This As Cheap As Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want To Work?’ EP at Moshi Moshi Records’s Web site.


Hot Club de Paris / May + June UK tour

By on Tuesday, 22nd April 2008 at 5:44 pm

Hot Club de Paris have announced a mammoth UK tour for May and June around some small and cosy venues around the UK. Their new album, ‘Live At Dead Lake’, will be released on 16th June on the Moshi Moshi label.

Tickets are on sale now, around the £7 mark.

Friday 16th May – Brighton Great Escape Horatios
Saturday 17th May – Brighton Great Escape Ocean Rooms
Sunday 18th May – Nottingham Bodega
Monday 19th May – Stoke Sugarmill
Tuesday 20th May – Wrexham Central Station
Thursday 22nd May – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Friday 23rd May – Derby The Royal
Saturday 24th May – Hull The Welly
Sunday 25th May – Birmingham Bar Academy
Monday 26th May – Manchester Night and Day
Wednesday 28th May – Newcastle Cluny
Thursday 29th May – York Fibbers
Friday 30th May – Livepool Zanzibar
Saturday 31st May – Leicester Charlotte
Sunday 1st June – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 3rd June – Southampton Joiners
Wednesday 4th June – Northampton Roadmender
Thursday 5th June – London Hoxton Bar and Grill
Friday 6th June – Oxford Bar Academy
Saturday 7th June – Colchester Arts Centre
Sunday 8th June – Norwich Arts Centre


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