Hailing from the land down under, Melbourne’s Cut Copy make their job look utterly fun. With pulsating stage visuals and a striking light show to equal any rave, lead singer Dan Whitford’s angelic hand gestures only elevated the euphoria. Truthfully, the best part about Cut Copy is their music feels alive. This is a group of musicians that revel in the enjoyment of playing together. Promoting a new record entitled Haiku From Zero, their sound, a meticulously crafted pastiche of the late ’80s and early ‘90s dance sounds, show that they’re in no hurry to overlook the past. Halfway through the sold-out show at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on Nov. 21, crowd favourite Hearts of Fire fervently pumped everyone up with its sublime “Oooh, yeah” vocal samples.
Hands over hearts, it was a transcendental moment of every individual locking into one groove and freeing their minds. Not to sound as if the whole night was lead singer Dan Whitford’s show, mind you. In reality, guitarist Tim Hoey stood immediately to his left, often providing buoyant energy while getting into the music. Even more propulsive, drummer Mitchell Scott continually kept up a frenetic pace while Ben Browning sashayed to his right on bass and keyboards. In the end, Cut Copy proved to be an experience akin to a neon-lit dream. A dream that sees you contemplating leaving your day job to join their synth-pop journey. I said they were fun, didn’t I?
Words and photos by Myles Herod