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- Posted on Apr 10th 2011 4:45PM by Garin Pirnia
The sold-out crowd arrived in tank tops and ready to sweat it out with Cut Copy's electrifying antics. The four-piece appeared onstage and walked through a gigantic door that later would transform into a digital screen. As neon and strobe lights flashed, the band kicked off with 'Nobody Lost, Nobody Found' from 'In Ghost Colours.' Immediately, thousands in the venue began gyrating so much the entire place quaked.
Since the new record is quite percussion heavy, the band brought an extra person to help guitarist Tim Hoey pound additional drums and what looked like cowbells. When Hoey wasn't tapping on the cowbell and drums, he thrashed his guitar around and jumped on top of the kick drum, all the while egging the audience to fist pump the air.
"What's happening tonight?" lead singer Dan Whitford asked the amped up crowd. "It's always a good time in Chicago," he continued. ,
Feeding off the audience's energy, the band performed tribal numbers 'Corner of the Sky' and 'Take Me Over,' paired surreal images with 'Pharaohs and Pyramids' and asked important questions like, "Are you ready for a dance party?" During 'Lights and Music,' Cut Copy built the song to a crest then released the annihilating chorus, which generated mass jumping and hand waving.
Cut Copy ended their set on the 15-minute opus 'Sun God' that began with glitchy electronics and vocals and finished with the band turning knobs and Hoey manipulating his guitar with a drumstick. The band came back for a two-song encore including 'Zonoscope' favorite 'Need You Now' and 'Out There on the Ice,' where the audience demonstrated they still had some dance left in them. Cut Copy walked off stage but acquiesced to the incessant thundering applause and chanting from fans who were not quite satiated with a 75-minute set. After Cut Copy ended with last hurrah 'Feel the Love,' they remarked how the audience had been their best crowd on tour.
With that in mind, Cut Copy's next Chicago appearance at Pitchfork Festival in July will certainly bring another good time for band and crowd alike.