It’s been a long three years since Melbourne band Cut Copy have returned to play on home soil for their devoted fans. The much loved synth pop band have been busy touring the globe, playing in festivals and venues in US, Europe, and Asia. Although those lucky enough could have caught them during their brief stint while they were back in Australia for Future Music Festival, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the band do a headline tour of it’s own here. Fresh from playing a run of dates in Europe, they flew over to Australia to play a quick three dates to celebrate their latest album Free Your Mind, before jetsetting back to play in Canada, Spain, and the US.
It was a packed home crowd at Billboards – front man Dan Whitford acknowledging to the crowd they’d been away for a while, but that it’s nice to be home to play in front of their best friends and long time fans. Theirs was a set that had a pleasing mix of old and new hits, starting out with “We Are Explorers” and “Take Me Over” to celebrate Free Your Mind. Of course, old time favourites like “Hearts On Fire” really got the crowd going. There was a strong energy to the set, with some dancing around on stage and the band playing live instruments. It was a visual and aural feast, with our eyes bombarded with bright lights just as our ears were with their lush synth sounds.
After “Meet Me in the House of Love”, the band left the stage earlier than expected. The crowd there wasn’t ready to let them go just yet, bringing the band back on stage for not one, but two encore songs. “Lights and Music” were accompanied with just that, and the crowd gave the band a big farewell with this song and their last, “Need You Now”. The welcome home ended with lead singer reaching out to the crowd, shaking hands with the front row.
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.
Latest EP: Free Your Mind released November 2013
Sounds like: Holy Ghost, Miami Horror
Say what? There’s a spoken monologue weaved throughout the background of Free Your Mind. Listen to the whole album to hear it!