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Hot Chip Become Retro Video Game Characters in the Video for “A Bath Full of Ecstasy”

A Bath Full of Ecstasy Out Now on Domino

Sep 03, 2019
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Hot Chip released a new album, A Bath Full of Ecstasy, back in June via Domino (stream it here and read our positive review of the album here). Now they have shared a video for the album's title track, "A Bath Full of Ecstasy," in which they become retro video game characters from 1988. Oliver Payne directed the clip. Watch it below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.

The band had this to say about the video in a press release: "Oliver Payne (Safecrackers) is a British born, Los Angeles-based visual artist, video and film-maker, friend of the band, and collaborator. His artwork was used on two of Alexis' album sleeves and he is also a huge supporter and fan of Hot Chip. Oliver came up with the idea to make a video based around a fictional computer game called 'Bath Full of Ecstasy,' in the Hot Chip series, from Japan, circa 1988. The video consists of a Youtube-style review and demonstration of the game, which features each band member on their path to save the cursed kingdom, aiming to return melody and color, and bringing back joy, with the help of the Bubblebath Fairy, a Microphone and some friendly strangers."

Previously they shared a video for its first single, "Hungry Child" (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Then they shared another song from it, "Melody of Love," also via a video for it (it was also one of our Songs of the Week). Then when the album was released album track "Positive" was one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared a twisted video for the album's "Spell."

For A Bath Full of Ecstasy, the band (Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Joe Goddard, Felix Martin, and Alexis Taylor) worked with outside producers for the first time: France's Philippe Zdar of Cassius (who alas just tragically passed away) and Scotland's Rodaidh McDonald. The album was recorded in Paris and London. Turner-prize winning artist Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge Studio created the album's artwork. The album is the follow-up to 2015's Why Make Sense?, although in 2018 founding member/lead vocalist Alexis Taylor released a new solo album, Beautiful Thing, also via Domino.

Hot Chip Tour Dates:

Sept 3rd - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY (Sold Out)
Sept 4th - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY (Sold Out)
Sept 5th - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY 
Sept 7th - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC (Sold Out)
Sept 8th - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
Sept 9th - Royale - Boston, MA
Sept 10th - MTELUS - Montreal, QC
Sept 12th - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON (Sold Out)
Sept 13th - Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL
Sept 14th - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
Sept 17th - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC (Sold Out)
Sept 18th - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
Sept 19th - The Showbox - Seattle, WA (Sold Out)
Sept 20th - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
Sept 21st - City of Trees Festival - Sacramento, CA
Sept 22nd - Life Is Beautiful Festival - Las Vegas, NV
Sept 24th - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
Sept 25th - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
Sept 27th - Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, CA
Sept 28th - CRSSD FES - San Diego, CA
Oct 9th - Osaka Big Cat - Osaka, Japan
Oct 11th - Akasaka Blitz - Tokyo, Japan
Oct 16th - Limelight - Belfast, UK
Oct 17th - Olympia - Dublin, UK (Sold Out)
Oct 18th - O2 Institute 1 - Birmingham, UK (Sold Out)
Oct 19th - Barrowland - Glasgow, UK
Oct 21st - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK (Sold Out)
Oct 22nd - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
Oct 24th - LCR - Norwich, UK
Oct 25th - Manchester Academy - Manchester, UK
26th Oct - Alexandra Palace - London, UK
Oct 31st - Showcenter Complex - Monterrey, Mexico
Nov 1st - Bugambilias Show Center - Guadalajara, Mexico
Nov 2nd - Radio Bosque Festival - Mexico City, Mexico
Nov 7th - VMF - Lima, Peru
Nov 9th - Fauna Primavera - Santiago, Chile
Nov 13th - Plaza Deportivo Cumbaya - Quito, Ecuador
Nov 15th - Popload Festival - Sao Paolo, Brazil
Nov 28th - Sala Riviera - Madrid, Spain
Nov 29th - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain
Nov 30th - Alcatraz - Milan, Spain
Dec 2nd - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dec 3rd - Columbiahalle - Berlin, Germany
Dec 4th - den Atelier - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Dec 5th - Les Docks - Lausanne, Switzerland
Dec 7th - Elysée Montmartre - Paris, France (Sold Out)
Dec 8th - Elysée Montmartre - Paris, France (Sold Out)
Dec 10th - Muziekcentrum Triz - Antwerp, Belgium
Dec 11th - Docks - Hamburg, Germany
Dec 12th - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec 14th - Vasateatern - Stockholm, Sweden
Dec 15th - Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway

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