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The band formed in early 2004 after Matthew and Paul met in 03 working as temps at Chester racecourse. Its members were involved in other bands in the Liverpool music scene including street punkers Down and Outs and new wave popsters Victor FME.

Further to their shared love of American punk rock bands (Minutemen, Firehose, SST Records bands etc) they became interested in math rock, and experimental indie bands which influenced their sound considerably. They signed to Moshi Moshi Records in 2005, and have since toured extensively around the world in support of their debut record.

They have been featured on a number of music-based TV shows in the UK including MTV2 and Channel 4 shows. Their record enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio1, BBC 6 Music and XFM, whose DJ John Kennedy has championed the band. John Kennedy claimed that their debut album is 'one of the best of 2006'.

2006/7 saw tours with JJamie T, Maxïmo Park and The Who as well as a number of shows at the 2007 SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. So far their tours have taken them through the UK, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, France, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, Switzerland, America, Holland and India.

Hot Club de Paris released their second studio album "Live at Dead Lake" in June 2008 on oshi Moshi records. The album was recorded by producer Brian Deck at Engine Studios over the course of 7 weeks at the tail end of 2007. The band toured the album twice in the UK and in Germany and plan a full European tour later in 2009.

On 2 January 2009 they announced on their website that they have begun work on their third album which has the working title of "Breakdown at Devils Point" as "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs" (a previous working title for the record) was deemed too silly by the band.