Live Review
Cut Copy
The Forum
Kentish Town, London

Photography by Elinor Jones

Entering this gig you could be forgiven for feeling slightly sceptical of what lays before you. On the one hand you have Cut Copy’s recent album, ‘Zonoscope’, still ringing in your ears (a more subtle record than 2008’s party-heavy ‘In Ghost Colours’, but an impressively smart disco record all the same); on the other, you have a nagging feeling that you are wandering into a pop concert and are about to be confronted by a sea of 16-year-old girls. Although the latter proves to be half right (‘sea’ might be pushing it but there are a lot of fresh faces here), our fears are put to rest as soon as the band start to play.

Cut Copy are extremely good at what they do, and what they do is pop. From opener ‘Nobody Lost, Nobody Found’, front man Dan Whitford steers the outfit through a ‘best of’ set from their three-record catalogue, going head-to-head (literally) with guitarist Tim Hoey as the two do battle during a solo for ‘So Haunted’. Pop it may be, but these boys know how to put on a show. And while Cut Copy are never going to be everyone’s cup of tea for as long as they make these kind of unchallenging, electro tunes for people to dance to, you have to ask what’s wrong with that? Tonight, they have the Forum captivated, in the palms of their Aussie hands.

By Samuel Ballard

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011