(19 Nov 2013: (le) poisson rouge New York)
Having seen Cut Copy earlier this year at the Governors Ball Festival, I decided they were the best act there. Well, they’re two for two now, having just outdone that performance with a gig for the NPR Music and KCRW Metropolis launch event at the intimate (le) Poisson Rouge, an exceedingly small space for the band. Metropolis DJ Jason Bentley opened the show and we have pictures from the first two songs, so you may not get the full feel of blasting lights and the dance-happy music but it’s a start. The band are celebrating the release of their album Free Your Mind which expands their already intense electro-dance-rock oeuvre with such hits as “Footsteps”, the title track and “We are Explorers”. They just performed that last song on Fallon, and there is a clip below for you to watch, a better way to see what they are up to. If you didn’t live stream the seventy minute performance the first go around, check NPR as they will probably share the video soon.
Will over at We all want Someone to Shout For has a great description though of what you did miss. “Dan Whitford sang every word with high expression, throwing his hands in the air or guiding the words with a pose. Tim Hoey is the man to watch on stage, as he pounded away at the drums with his guitar, or guided it against the speakers, creating heavy sounds from the unlikeliest of places. Together, along with the rest of the band (Mitchell Scott & Ben Browning) they are able to create an instantly celebratory sound that makes you feel like life is infinate, and full of endless possibilites. They will make you dance, sing to your voice is shot, and wonder why the fuck they aren’t one of the biggest bands on earth. Any set that ends with the larger-than-life anthem of “Lights and Music” will do that to you.”