The most recent visit to Denver by Australian (insert genre here) sensation Cut Copy on Tuesday Oct. 4th was a showcase of just how vast the style of this band truly is and that’s what makes them one of those groups that will stick around for awhile. With a musical array that ranges from “Feel the Love”s synth robot pop to the droning escalation of the epic “Sun God”, Cut Copy mixes in a bit of indie rock with “So Haunted” and then back again to glam dance club with “Hearts on Fire”. Wrap all this up with the tribal hypnosis of “Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution” and the showmanship that you tend to find more of in non-american bands and you have a dance party that spans the last four decades.
Lead man Dan Whitford’s voice is an instrument in itself, sucking in the crowd from lyric one with its high scale and slight accent. Like something out of an 80′s music video, yeah remember those, Whitford serenades the crowd into an all out frenzy of bouncing, clapping, a combination of the two, and then some. The crowd was also instrumental in singing most of the lyrics to every song which kept the band going even harder.
Denver definitely felt the love, as these rockers sweat it out to their own tunes, playing hits from each of their two latest albums. In Ghost Colours’ “Lights and Music” should have been the theme of the night, while the last song from Zonoscope, “Sun God”, served as the end of the first set with a more intense hardcore version than the album lends. They did play one song that I had not heard before that was “dirty” with bass, almost leaning towards the newest of trends, dubstep.
The song “Hearts on Fire” came in right when the crowd was at it’s peak and launched them over it. The entire building was bouncing and flailing around as if they were trying to touch the ceiling. The scene heightened even more when guitarist Tim Hoey stood on top of drummer Mitchell Scott’s kick drum and helped him thrash out the ending of “Need You Now”.
Cut Copy is one of those bands that you may have never heard about til now or just recently but they are definitely making a name for themselves over the last couple years, headlining festivals and selling out shows in major cities all over the world. Wielding synthesizers, cowbells, maracas, and any other instrument you could imagine, Cut Copy creates an enormous sound making them some of the hardest men at work, pun intended.
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