Cut Copy and Classixx - Grand Central, Miami
Photo by Ian Witlen Check out Crossfade's full 38-photo slideshow of Cut Copy at Grand Central.
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Better Than: Yes. No. Maybe.
Cut Copy's Dan Whitford really gets into his music. His voice is always studio quality, as he pumps his fist and jabs the air with every beat. It's hard not to follow his lead.
That's a common element of every Cut Copy show we've seen so far -- along with tight instrumentation and crowd sing-alongs. The Aussie outfit's shows are never boring.
Photo by Ian Witlen Check out Crossfade's full 38-photo slideshow of Classixx at Grand Central.
But before getting into Cut Copy's performance, we must highlight Classixx's opening set. The duo's Michael David and Tyler Blake kicked off with "I'll Get You" -- which, WTF, ballsy to get your biggest hit out of the way. Other highlights included a live rendition of their remix of YACHT's "Psychic City," as well as "Holding On" and "All You're Waiting For."
Most of the vocals were pre-recorded, but the pair did employ live instrumentation, which provided for some improvisation. Either way, Hanging Gardens is a superb album, and if you haven't listened to it, check it out.
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Now back to Cut Copy, currently on the road to promote new album, Free Your Mind. The show's atmosphere reflected the band's new experimentation with '90s house and psychedelic rock. A white sheet served as a minimalistic backdrop that was quickly saturated with colors and visuals and the command to "free your mind."
Kicking off with "We Are Explorers" -- which sounds a bit like Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence," but, you know, fun -- the band had the crowd hooked from the get-go. The setlist focused a bit on the latest release, but without ignoring classic cuts from Zonoscope and In Ghost Colours.
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"Take Me Over" had everyone singing "ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-a!" in unison, which prompted Whitford to proclaim that the Miami show was his favorite of the tour so far. (We're convinced most bands say this at every stop during a tour, but somehow it sounded sincere coming from Whitford.) Of course, everyone ate it up.
By the time Cut Copy played "Hearts On Fire," we thought the roof was going to blow off Grand Central.
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