Honestly I was so busy dancing at the Cut Copy show on Friday that I wasn’t entirely sure what they were really doing on stage. I did take the time to take that picture but it pretty much says it all – people were having a blast, there were pulsating lights and the four members of Cut Copy appeared to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. I believe at one point the guitar player was using his guitar to hit the cymbals. FUN!
The Australian group was in town to promote their new album Free Your Mind, their new album which I am slowly absorbing. It doesn’t have the immediate catchiness of the first two albums but appears to follow in the line of Zonoscope which ditches the original formula for a more drawn out payoff. Nevertheless a sold out crowd was more then ready to experience Free Your Mind live as well as the rest of Cut Copy catalog.
And what a back catalog it is. It’s easy to forget how awesome those first two albums were since they are both a bit old (by internet standards) but the second the opening lines of Hearts On Fire hits, you are immediately transported back to that age when you discovered them and it’s magnificent. That Was Just a Dream and Strangers in the Wind soon followed and added to the crowd’s already ecstatic level of energy. For a sold out show, the crowd was exceptionally awesome – people were there to just dance and have fun. Seems like a rarity but should be noted.
The ninety minute show was a non stop dance party that had everyone moving. Even the people in the balcony were up and doing that awkward “dancing in my seating area” dance. For me it all led to their closer, the wonderful Need You Now. It’s essentially a 60′s pop song that has been transported into the world of electronics and given the good standard (but drawn out) buildup/payoff treatment. The slow build of the song coupled with everyone singing along to the lyrics followed by the gentle explosion will definitely be among my favorite concert moments of the year.
Top notch show, Cut Copy are now on my “never miss them live” list. They should be on yours as well.
Toronto – Australian band Architecture in Helsinki has had quite a spring. First off, the Melbourne five piece released an absolutely amazing cover of Cut Copy’s Need You Now, then they followed that up with releasing a lovely summertime album with Moment Bends. Now they are about to bring their sun kissed indie dance pop tunes over here to North America, where it seems to be perpetually raining (seriously, what is up with that?).
Desert Island is the first track off Moment Bends, the forth album from the group. Featuring synthesizers, pan flutes and a gentle dreamy 80s laid back vibe, it’s a great preview for the overall upbeat feeling that is the album. Definitely check it out.
06/01 Henry Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
06/02 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
06/03 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
06/04 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
06/05 Venue – Vancouver, BC
06/06 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
06/09 Varsity Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
06/10 Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL 06/11 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
06/12 La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
06/13 Paradise – Boston, MA
06/16 Webster Hall – New York, NY
06/17 Black Cat – Washington DC
06/18 World Cafe – Philadelphia, PA
Toronto – Technically we aren’t at Coachella, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like telling people what to do. This will be your day at Coachella. I’m sorta psychic.
1:00 PM – Parking Car
Ideally, you would be seeing the Rural Alberta Advantage play tracks off their fantastic new album Departing, but let’s face it, theres going to be a mile long lineup for cars to get into the parking lot. So instead, you will be sitting in traffic and waiting – the true California experience.
2:00 PM – Lining Up at Entrance
Despite the fact that the site organizers make it pretty clear what you can or can not bring, there is bound to be a handful of idiots that forget you can’t bring outside food and drink, which will lead to a bunch of pretty girls trying to sweet talk the security guards into allowing them to bring their Arizona Green Teas into the venue, delaying the lineup by forever.
3:00 PM – Exploring/Merch Table
As much as the chance to see New Jersey civil war enthusiasts Titus Andronicus interests you, you will spend the next hour or so walking around the grounds, scoping out potential merch, buying bottles of water and looking for any potential celebrities. Is that Ryan Gosling? Is that Lindsay?
4:00 PM – The Drums/Odd Futures
Finally, you say, a band I kind of want to see. The Drums were darlings last year with their 90s Cure-inspired self title debut. They’ll play the song Let’s Go Surfing and you’ll be thinking “hmm, I’m probably in the only place I would visit in California where I can’t go surfing”. Then it’ll hit about 4:30 and you’ll see a mass migration and you will follow them to see Odd Future, the most talked about band at SXSW. You’ll wonder why until you see the band’s stage show, which will probably involve several crazy antics. The lead singer might jump off a scaffolding or something. After 20 minutes though, you feel hot. This is because you are in a desert and its 32 degrees outside and with the crowd, it’s probably reaching 40 degrees Celsius. You leave and find shade somewhere.
5:00 PM – Cee Lo Green
Needing some fresh air and a less intense show, you will go see the muppets on acid show that is Cee Lo Green. Needing to fill the big stage, Cee Lo will most likely trot out a bunch of random characters for a more colorful stage, you wait patiently through all the songs you don’t know and finally, the opening notes of Fuck You come on and you scream like a little girl. If you are a bro, this is your first high five moment with another bro. The happiness ends quickly though, as Cee Lo introduces the guest singer for the song – Gwyneth Paltrow. She mangles the song entirely before urging you to buy the DVD version of the movie Country Strong.
6:00 PM – Waiting for Lauryn Hill
Shortly after Gwyneth Paltrow leaves the stage, you contemplate getting food, but then you realize that it is dinner time and everyone will be hitting the food stalls for food. You look at the little schedule in your hands and decide you should see Lauryn Hill since you liked that Fugee’s song Killing Me Softly and remember how awesome her solo record was. What you don’t remember is that she is completely insane and thus, does not take the stage until 6:30. She’ll then ramble on for about fifteen minutes before playing two tracks and leaving.
7:00 PM – Scrambling for Food / Sleigh Bells
By this time, you will realize that you need to get food before all the big acts play. You don’t even have much time to do it, so you just go grab whatever has the shortest line. You will then instantly regret whatever overpriced food you just got but then try to salvage this hour by catching the closest act playing, in this case, the 2010 hyped Sleigh Bells. You wonder what the hype was about
8:30 PM The Black Keys/Cut Copy
This is going to be a hard decision, it all depends on whether you feel like dancing or rocking out. You might remember Cut Copy trotting out a Gorilla on a late night tv show not too long ago, and decide to go see the Australian band based on that. The dancing begins.
9:30 PM Crystal Castles
As much as you want to hear Kings of Leon play Use Somebody, the frantic energy that is Alice Glass is too hard to miss. You will go see Crystal Castles and it’ll be an insane experience. Despite having a broken ankle, Alice Glass will do all in her power to put on the greatest show in the time slot. She might even trot out a guess singer for their superb cover of Platinum Blonde’s Not In Love. Hopefully it’s not Brandon Flowers
10:30 PM Robyn
Immediately after the last beats of Crystal Castles last song, you and about fifteen thousand people make the mad dash to the Mojave tent to see Robyn, the Swedish singing sensation who is playing a venue that is way too small. You get to the area only to realize it’s completely packed. Still you find a little spot to elevate yourself and see her from about half a mile away. “This is Coachella!” you think to yourself. Then someone taller stands in front of you.
11:30 PM Chemical Brothers
Friday nights headliners will truly test your stamina. It’s late, you have been out in the hot sun for eight or nine hours and you are TIRED. However, the Chemical Brothers have a legendary live show and you really can’t miss them. You are worried that you’ll be too tired, and then Block Rockin Beats comes on and you start to lose yourself.
2:00 AM – Parking Lot
Wow that was a great night you thought, but why am I still in the parking lot?
Well, there you have it. Obviously, we are a bit envious, but have fun and stay hydrated!
Toronto – Rarely is a remix of a song better then the original. After listening to the mellow Roy Orbisonesque remix of Cut Copy‘s Need You Know by fellow Australians Architecture in Helsinki, I am compelled to tell you this might just be the case. The band takes the song and stripes it of the dance beats and replaces it with a laid back lo-fi sound. The results are stunning and takes this song to another level. Architecture in Helsinki has a new record coming out Moment Bends, which is out May 3rd. They’ll be at Toronto’s Mod Club on June 11th.
Here are some other tour dates
06/01: Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
06/02: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/03: San Francisco, CA @ Slims
06/04: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/05: Vancouver, BC @ Venur
06/06: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
06/09: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
06/10: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/11: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
06/12: Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe
06/13: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
06/15: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/16: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
06/17: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
06/18: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live