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Liverpool, Merseyside (2003 – present)

Hot Club de Paris are an indie-rock trio from Liverpool, Merseyside consisting of Paul Rafferty (vocals/bass/baritone guitar), Matthew Smith (guitar/vocals) and his brother Alasdair Smith (drums/vocals). Inspired by such diverse groups as Owls, Storm and Stress, Pavement, Don Caballero, Joan of Arc, Les Savy Fav, Minutemen, Black Flag, XTC and Talking Heads, they create fast-paced, melodic music combining sing-along choruses with intricate arrangements, three-part vocal harmonies, odd time signatures and literate, observational lyrics.

They formed in 2003, their name being inspired by a budget compilation of Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli’s Quinette du Hot Club de France. They signed to Moshi Moshi records in 2005, and released their debut album Drop It ‘Til It Pops in October 2006, from which four singles were taken.

2006 and 07 were spent touring with Maxïmo Park, Jamie T, Dirty Pretty Things, GoodBooks, Slow Club, Dartz! and Safetyword, and 2008 saw the arrival of their second album Live At Dead Lake, recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck.

Their latest releases are a pair of download and limited 10” EPs: With Days Like This As Cheap As Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want To Work? (January 2010) and The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band (May 2010), both supported by UK tours.

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  • ilhammaulana

    Beginning 20's age spirit.

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • davygrohl

    Could somebody please point me in the right direction of downloads for "Drop It 'til It Pops" and "Live at Dead Lake"? Thank you!

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • -Trail-

    Wow, their weekly play counts are so low now. What happened?

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    This is awesome, we NEED more material from these guys!

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mycodenameis

    Tooled up for stormy weather, Batten down your button down, Fall down crawl up together, Wrestle me onto the ground

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ben2501

    Honestly, there's just so much legitimate evidence that these are the best UK band of the last 10 years. Wish they were a bit more *around*.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • stawful

    miss this band

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Priko

    Haha, great!

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • hotclubdeparis

    We're totally comfortable with that from someone who's 7th most listened to band is Offspring. You're pretty fly for a white guy, Gareth.

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Mycodenameis

    Trade winds are at the doorstep hoist up your hosiery, fall down crawl up together push this mattress out to sea. Grappled by the epaulettes these are the new rough dance steps, I slipped fell down the stairs in the club where were first met i saw a shipwreck!

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • hotclubdeparis

    I think it sounds like a shit version of the start of Jessica by the Alman Brothers too. We love Archers of Loaf and a bunch of other bands and probably reference/influence/copy tons of stuff by tons of people. Some inadvertently, some because we go... wouldn't it be cool if it did that like in that song.

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ruinyourshoes

    I don't know if it was intentional or not-- and I'll feel like a dolt if this has been discussed before-- but "Noses Blazing" follows almost the exact same everything as "Web in Front" by Archers of Loaf. What's with this? They're both rad songs, so I don't really care. But you know...

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • songsandshapes

    Awesome tunes!

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • hamishdonnelly

    it's a crime these guys aren't bigger

    27 Jul 2011 Reply
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    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MelvinfromHell

    I don't know if anyone has noticed, but "Fuck You, The Truth" is almost the exact same song as "The Squirrel Song" by "Shellac". I'm not saying they stole it, but I would more count it as sort of hommage. As english is not my native tongue, I'd love to really get, what this song is about :)

    3 Mar 2011 Reply
  • MelvinfromHell

    Mamma Mia! What a Band! I Like the new album a lot!!!

    3 Mar 2011 Reply
  • NandoPolvilho

    Nice band, great discovery.

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Mattonioni

    Кам ту раша ептыть

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
  • lottie92

    Totally amazing live. Read all about it at Counteract Magazine: Interview coming in the next week too!!

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
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