Cut Copy took the stage Saturday night at the Fox Theater, in front of what lead vocalist Dan Whitford called the biggest crowd of the tour so far, and played an hour and 45 minute set that spanned fan favorites and new songs from forthcoming album Free Your Mind.
If you are unfamiliar with the group, Cut Copy is one of today’s most recognizable electronic acts out of Australia. Their sound brings you back to the best of 80s new wave, blending beats that you can’t help but dance to. Australia has become some sort of incubator for synth pop in the past decade, taking the familiar sounds of new wave and making something new and different. (If you enjoy the style, check out Empire of the Sun, Gypsy & The Cat, Strange Talk and Bag Raiders.)
The audience erupted as the band played hits such as “Need You Now” and “Take Me Over.” Cut Copy has a knack for writing songs that capture you with the lyrics and melody, then build to a finale of rapid fire, up-tempo beats that take the audience’s energy to the next level. They ended their encore with a version of “Lights & Music” that was harder than the album version and got the crowd jumping and singing along. The song ended with guitarist Tim Hoey amongst the first rows of the crowd singing along with fans.
Cut Copy’s new album Free Your Mind is dropping 11/5 but you can stream it right now at www.cutcopy.net