June 23--So many bands who work between the seams of pop, dance, and indie-rock often come up with some absolutely pop-tastic singles -- think MGMT, Passion Pit, Foster the People -- but often are bloodless on stage.
Melbourne, Australia's Cut Copy have the opposite problem. While their albums, like the recent Free Your Mind, are always politely listenable and sometimes even sublime, it's in concert where they let the ragged edges show, giving their music a welcome, tougher texture than expected.
That was certainly the case Sunday night at a packed Granada Theater, where keyboardist/singer Dan Whitford, guitarist Tim Hoey, bassist Ben Browning, and drummer Mitchell Scott turned a rather forgettable track like Saturdays into roaring electro-funk, the hooky Hearts on Fire into bass-driven, New Order-like propulsion, and the guitar-fueled So Haunted into a squall of sound.
They earn points for doing this without sacrificing their sense of melody or the house and EDM influences in their style.
Along with Whitford's dorky but enthusiastic dancing and affable demeanor -- "Love this city, love this theater!," he crowed near the end of the 85-minute set -- Cut Copy seemed to have a genuine personality.
It's a shame they didn't some of their best songs -- No Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution, guys? Really? -- and that Australia didn't do better in the World Cup. They might have had a pithy response when the crowd, chanting for an encore, went from "Cut! Cut! Cut!" to "USA! USA! USA!"
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