What is the best Indie rock band?,,,
Alexx, for me, I tend to follow record labels ...I'm more into jazz than any thing else, so I collected a lot of the early Blue Note stuff etc. ...I have friends who are into metal and buy a lot of stuff released by Road Runner Records. So, that might be an idea? If you have a record you really like, take a look at the label; you said you like The Horrors? Check out XL Recordings who have Sigur Rós, Beck, Jack White and The XX.
By the way, if you haven't already, check out The XX; their first album (xx) is fantastic. They are releasing their second later this yeat I thinl.
As for Hot Chip, I dunno, I was never able to get into them. I know a lot of people who love them ..so maybe it's just me.
Music discovery services like Last.FM or We Are Hunted are great for finding new bands.
As for great indie bands at the moment - I'd say there's a handful of British guitar bands who are doing new and interesting things - guys like Foals, Everything Everything, Alt-J, Django Django, Wild Beasts, The Maccabees, even The xx. For straight-up indie rock, I'd say hand-on-heart that The National are a band who've never let me down.
I've been listening to a lot of The xx and Bombay Bicycle Club lately.
The Canadian music scene is filled with an incredible number of great indie acts: Half Moon Run, Tokyo Police Club, Stars, Feist, Hey Rosetta!, The Arkells, City and Colour, Caribou, Grimes, Tegan and Sara, Junior Boys and of course, (but not so "indie" anymore) Metric and Arcade Fire.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch