Project Description




(Live Review)

It’s no secret that Cut Copy have always been on the electronic radar: from their 2004 debut and huge sophomore record onwards, the Melbourne boys have been consistently making music that excites audiences. Since releasing latest album, Haiku From Zero, Cut Copy have proven that 14 years on, they have no interest in slowing down.

Brisbane’s The Met is packed to the rafters by the time the Melbourne four-piece walk on stage for the first show on their Australian tour. The audience, like me, is an older crowd, who undoubtedly listened to iconic tracks from In Ghost Colours and Bright Like Neon Love in the early 2000s. There’s a palpable sense of eagerness in the crowd seen in the constant shuffle for a decent view of the stage. The set opens with Need You Now, and it only takes a few bars of intro to flood the room with a welcome nostalgia. It was a bold lead, one that leaves us salivating for more. The set list continued to impress by launching into Black Rainbows, at which point I knew, no matter where this ship was going, I was fully on board.

Their production translates impressively well in a live setting, their constant energy elevating the tracks onto a whole new level. Synths matched with drums and live guitar keep the room moving all night, with songs ranging from 2004 to 2017 as all equally as well received as each other. Vocals delivered by Dan Whitford, however, are undoubtedly the highlight of each song. Lyrics are sung back to the frontman in full force, as the crowd nails even the oldest tracks, word for word.

The setlist is hit after hit, with near all songs prompting bigger and bolder dance moves than its predecessor. The hype encourages a few crowd surfers and topless ravers, as an encore of Lights and Music sees both the audience and the band saving the absolute best for last. The set is decently long, and leaves us completely satisfied, but it still feels like it flies by in a flash. Tonight has been my first time seeing Cut Copy perform live, and I swear, there and then, that it won’t be my last.