Hot Chip at Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
They resemble a bunch of nerds at a sci-fi convention, but Hot Chip are one of this year's hot tickets.
New album (their third), Made In The Dark, is a fabulous slab of entertaining electro pop, lots of weird sounds and simple but effective lyrics which marry perfectly with the melodies.
Pity you couldn't hear half of them in the rave-like atmosphere of the sweaty Wulfrun; if you weren't within ten feet of the stage, Alexis Taylor (Brain from Thunderbirds meets Mr Muscle) might as well have been reading the phone book. His asides in between tracks were also unintelligible from where we were stood.
It mattered little to many in the crowd; Hot Chip had cranked up the volume and energy and the mix of teenagers and those of us who remember the likes of New Order and Kraftwerk (elements of both which you can pick out in 'the Chip', as they're probably not known) were loving it.
The first hour was pretty unrelenting, the likes of Bendable Poseable, Out At The Pictures and Hold On thumped out with gusto - keyboardist Joe Goddard, a heavy set Kevin Godley lookalike in plaid shirt, shaking his shoulders with verve as he and guitarist Al Doyle chipped in with their vocals.
It was a party atmosphere - Hot Chip are the kind of guys you'd love to have DJ at your house party - except it was a party let down by the sound system.
On this show, the London five piece - and their impressive new album - are best enjoyed at home, but that won't stop their bandwagon gathering pace in 2008.
The geeks may well inherit the Earth...