Cut Copy Talks Being Inspired by "'90s House" and "808s, 909s, 303s"
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The last time that Cut Copy performed in Miami outside of Ultra Music Festival (which the Aussie outfit has played three times so far), it was for a couple of back-to-back concerts at downtown's Grand Central.
The band sold out one night. So the venue took a gamble and booked the band for second evening. The wager paid off with a completely packed venue for both shows.
So how does a band all the way from Australia, with no Billboard chart toppers -- or any real chart appearances to speak of -- become such a popular touring act?
"We always try to make it the best show possible," explains guitarist Tim Hoey, "so it makes people want to come back again and bring friends."
Hoey and his bandmates just started the latest leg of their North American tour, which launched in Canada, and will bring them back to Miami only three months after their appearance at Ultra 2014 in March.
"We've been [to Miami] a lot for Ultra Music Festival, which is another beast all together, so it's kind of good that we are going and doing headlining shows there. You guys have a lot of sunshine and ocean, and that makes it kind of easy coming from Australia."
The guys are currently on the road supporting their latest effort, Free Your Mind, an album that marks a slight departure from previous work.
Where 2011's Zonoscope toyed with cheery New Wave in the vein of Men at Work and 2008's In Ghost Colors experimented with icy beats and angular synth work, this most recent release mixes psychedelia, acid rock, and house, while still sounding like the Cut Copy that everyone knows and loves.
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