Fainting by Numbers – aka Alexis Taylor and Justus Köhncke – have a double A side single out at the moment. As well as a cover of John Lennon’s Watching the Wheels, the single features a Fainting by Numbers original, A Stone in the Ground (click link below to watch the video).
Alexis Taylor says of the video: “Award-winning visual artist Oliver Payne has made an incredibly beautiful, funny and very affecting video for A Stone In The Ground. Justus and I are really pleased with how Oliver’s video turned out – it is by far one of the most wonderful things I’ve been involved with, and certainly a breath of fresh air in the world of music videos. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
Hot Chip‘s summer schedule has been coming together on the site for the last couple of months now. In case you’ve missed any gig announcements or want to check whether the band are swinging by your town/country, here are all this year’s summer festival dates – now updated with ticket links.
As well as Hot Chip live dates, there are various DJ dates by most band members taking place across the whole summer – the live pages were fully updated with all available dates last week, check there for details.
About Group – the quartet of John Coxon, Charles Hayward, Alexis Taylor and Pat Thomas – have announced details of Between The Walls. Their third album will be released through Domino on July 1st.
Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads. ‘The balance between songwriting and free playing, and a lack of clarity about which mode we will be in for any given amount of time, is the key to About Group.’Alexis Taylor
Available directly from the band HERE or from iTunes HERE.
Following on from the storming Hot Chip performances at Coachella, Felix and Al are bringing their “other” 7 piece band to the West Coast of the USA for the first time, and with it their unique blend of electronics, funk and raw energy.
In support is the excellent UK band NO CEREMONY///, making this something of a mini British invasion.
Alexis and friends will be spinning records in aid of Childhood First on Saturday 16th March at Life Bar (2-4 Old Street, London, EC1). DJing with Alexis on the night will be John Coxon (About Group, Spring Heeled Jack), Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Susumu Mukai (Zongamin) and Guy Bolongaro – all for a great cause and, to add to that, there’s the possibly of a surprise live performance from a very special guest.
Never one to rest for too long, Alexis Taylor has been keeping himself busy with two new projects.
Firstly, Alexis sings on a Hot Chip produced track on the new Fimber Bravo album – you can hear it here. He plays a couple of dates as part of Fimber Bravo’s live band before heading out to the States for Hot Chip dates:
You can hear Fimber Bravo and Alexis on Radio 4′s Loose Ends this week – we’ll post an iPlayer link after broadcast.
Secondly, Alexis announces a single release as one half of Fainting by Numbers – a collaboration with German techno producer Justus Köhncke. They release a double a-side single ‘Watching the Wheels’/'A Stone in the Ground’ on April 15th (like the Fimber Bravo LP, this is also released on Moshi Moshi). Pitchfork described the single as “the perfect balance of longing and regret” – you can hear A Stone in the Ground here.