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Cut Copy heat up the dance floor in LA

Cut-Copy1By Josh Herwitt //

Cut Copy //
Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles
April 1st, 2014 //

Is there a band right now that throws a better dance party than Cut Copy?

In 2014, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that can even come close.

Returning to Los Angeles five months after performing at HARD Day of the Dead, the Australian four-piece played its first proper headlining show in the City of Angels since releasing its fourth full-length album Free Your Mind last November.

Though the record may not live up to the same standard set by 2011’s Zonoscope and 2009’s In Ghost Colours, there are enough winners on Free Your Mind for Cut Copy to keep its all-encompassing setlists from growing moldy.

At the Hollywood Palladium, the electro-pop extraordinaires dug into their new material right away, opening with its latest hit “We Are Explorers” before dolling out five other songs from the 14-track LP on Modular Recordings.

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And while it may have been a school night for some, it sure didn’t feel like it inside the historic ballroom.

With fan favorites “Take Me Over” and “Hearts on Fire” coming within the first 30 minutes of its set, Cut Copy had a dance-happy crowd of mostly 20-somethings moving and grooving in a matter of no time.

But what may have been the biggest highlight of the night was how well newer cuts like “Let Me Show You Love” and “Meet Me in a House of Love” from Free Your Mind translated to a live setting. Because even after seeing Cut Copy twice in 2011, I walked out the Palladium’s front doors late Tuesday night feeling just as good as I did those previous two times.

In fact, if there was any drawback to note, it was that we didn’t get a few more songs out of frontman Dan Whitford and his bandmates on the final night of their North American tour. Whitford, all things considered, knows how to energize an audience as well as anyone these days, whether it’s with his old-school dance moves or incessant hand clapping.

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Of course, it didn’t hurt that Cut Copy took its encore break right after unleashing “Lights and Music,” the band’s most successful single to date still. So, when Whitford (vocals, keyboard, guitar), Tim Hoey (guitar, sampler, percussion, vocals), Ben Browning (bass, keyboard, vocals) and Mitchell Scott (drums, vocals) left the stage for a couple of minutes, they instantly had their fans begging to hear more.

The two-song encore that ensued, nevertheless, offered a snapshot of the band’s current disposition, as it left us with one more tune from Free Your Mind — the oscillating, yet comforting “Walking in the Sky” — before closing things out with the 80’s-laced anthem “Need You Now.”

It was a fitting ending for a band that has come a long way since dropping its debut album Bright Like Neon Love a decade ago, yet isn’t looking to ease off the gas pedal any time soon.

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Setlist:
We Are Explorers, Take Me Over, Free Your Mind, Where I’m Going, In Memory Capsule, So Haunted, Hearts on Fire, Saturdays, Feel the Love, Out There on the Ice, Let Me Show You Love, Meet Me in a House of Love, Lights and Music

Encore:
Walking in the Sky, Need You Now

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Comments

  1. Awesome article. Cut Copy never ceases to entertain and blow minds. That little semen demon sure like to blow other things too though.

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