When Cut Copy’s second album In Ghost Colours blew up in 2008, it was a surprise critical and commercial success, going to number one in their native Australia and finding a considerable fanbase abroad. Its arrival was well-timed and it opened a door for the likes of fellow Antipodean natives Ladyhawke and Empire Of The Sun to follow through.
Three years on and the electronic four-piece have released arguably a better and more-varied album in Zonoscope which rather than take inspiration from Daft Punk and New Order looked further into the past with nods to Fleetwood Mac and Men At Work.
The band’s Button Factory performance finds them walking between both strand of their discography in equal measurements. Opening with the Men At Work-aping / Fleetwood Mac ‘Forget’ bassline of superb Zonoscope single ‘Take Me Out’, the band move between their most recent albums into ‘Feel The Love’ with its distinctive Parisian electro-funk breakdown, the new-wave acoustic/electric of ‘So Haunted’, the celestial synth and bass-heavy ‘Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat’, the tribal drum intro of ‘A Corner Of The Sky’ from Zonoscope, a brooding synth-pulsing tune before the disco funk of ‘Lights & Music’ which goes down well to a crowd who are generally more familiar and receptive to songs from In Ghost Colours.
Singer Dan Whitford holds the whole set together with a fanned flick of his brown hair, lots of finger pointing and “rain falling down from the sky” gestures while the sharply-fitting shirts of each band member get progressively heavier with sweat.
It’s the songs from Zonoscope that stand out for me though despite the singalongs for In Ghost Colours and the obvious euphoric classic-dance career highlight of ‘Hearts On Fire’. ‘Take Me Over’, ‘Pharoahs and Pyramids’, ‘Blink And You’ll Miss A Revolution’ and ‘Need You Now’ all more consistently meld their influences as well as a fashion a full-strength thread of euphoric dance pop with a nice variation in percussive arrangements.
Photos by Alessio Michelini.