By FEMI ABORISADE
Australian indie rock group Cut Copy held its first concert to a teeming crowd at Warehouse Live in Houston Nov. 9. Playing a mixture of songs old and new, the band easily held one of the most pleasant concerts this year.
The concert began with an opening performance by Larry Gus, a Greek beatmaker and producer who actively mixed bits and pieces of music on stage while singing over his concoctions. His sound — jarring, esoteric and sometimes funky — seemed to be the work of a person who would enjoy watching David Cronenberg films.
Despite his odd vocals, barely perceptible above the loud mix, the crowd managed to groove to Gus’ mix regardless; Gus, while gyrating and flailing on the stage, seemed to enjoy it the most.
After his set ended and instruments were checked for sound, the stage became bathed in bright blue lights and the crowd burst into applause. The four-man group calmly walked to their stations and immediately jumped into “Free Your Mind,” the Chicago house-based jam from their latest album of the same name. Aided by bassist Ben Browning’s easy, noodling groove, singer Dan Whitford’s lithe vocals and drummer Mitchell Scott’s sharp step, the night was already off to a wonderful start.
Similar songs followed suit, including “Feel The Love,” Strangers In The Wind,” “Memory Capsule” and “Where I’m Going.”
One standout song, “Hearts On Fire,” is a completely different beast when played live; hearing the loud volume and seeing the group members become animated during the song’s chorus liberated the track from the casually listening perspective most people in the audience were accustomed to.
Cut Copy’s latest album has received mixed reviews, but their live show is a bona fide joy to experience. Aside from the odd mixing that sadly pervades most Houston venues, nothing can obscure Cut Copy’s genuine musicianship and a handful of solid tunes.
By FEMI ABORISADE
View photos from the concert below.
photos by NAOMI BERUMEN