Hearts On Fire
Where I'm Going
Sands Of Time
Cut Copy initially formed as an electronic act in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia (& initially being the solo-project of Dan Whitford, a DJ and graphic designer). Releasing the single “1981” and an extended play, “I Thought of Numbers” way back in 2001 via Modular Recordings, it was the beginnings of a once part time hobby that would manifest itself in to one of the most successful electronic pop acts to have come from Australia. In 2003, Dan recruited additional members Bennett Foddy, Tim Hoey and Mitchell Scott. Then in April 2004, Cut Copy released their incredible & stunning debut LP, “Bright Like Neon Love” (incidentally being produced by Dan). Initially selective with touring, Cut Copy slimmed down to a three piece (with Bennett leaving to pursue studies) & thereafter teamed with label mates Wolfmother and friends, The Midnight Juggernauts for a sold out national tour taking place in 2004.
By 2005, the trio toured internationally for the first time, visiting London, New York City and Los Angeles. It would be the initial induction that would see Cut Copy tour the world numerous times in ensuing years. Having performed with a veritable who’s who of international acts including Franz Ferdinand, Junior Senior, Bloc Party, and Mylo, December 2007 witnessed Cut Copy touring Australia with Daft Punk as part of the Nevereverland event followed by successful appearances at Homebake, Big Day Out and V festivals.
Announcing the completion of their second album, “In Ghost Colours” and with an initial vinyl only release of the first single, “Hearts On Fire”, this resulted in a slow trajectory to mega stardom by the time of its Australian release in March 2008. “In Ghost Colours” did debut on the ARIA Albums Chart at the number one spot (an incredible feat at the time considering their musical styles). Following through with sold out local tours (as well as the beginnings of a successful international touring path), Cut Copy continued on a quiet path to world domination.
With the release of 2010’s incredible & critically lauded “Zonoscope” album, Cut Copy officially became a four-piece with the addition of bass guitarist Ben Browning. Scoring international acclaim, “Zonoscope” became the stepping stone for a spate of sold out international headline shows including Ultra Music Festival in Miami (& mainland America), Puerto Rico, Spain, The UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Mexico, Sth America & Asia. When Cut Copy offered their hand on Where I’m Going, the first leak of their third album, it was an open invitation to an uncharted destination.
The festive explosion of kaleidoscopic Californian acid hippie reborn as UK glam star explored new terrain, hinting a further evolution for a group that is yet to make the same record twice. “Zonoscope” was dreamt in the comedown of “In Ghost Colours”, the album which cemented Cut Copy as a global sensation. Their perpetual touring cycle found the band headline a stage at Lollapalooza, become the first Australian act to play Colombia since INXS, have fire marshals shut down an LA performance mid-set as crowds began to buckle the seams of the Henry Fonda Theatre and be raced to the Pitchfork Festival via police escort following a cancelled flight.
After over two years of exhilarating chaos, frontman Dan Whitford bunkered down at home to flesh out rough synth and vocal skeletons, before heading into the studio with the band to bring these textured grooves to life. Whitford describes the wonderland which he set out to create with Tim Hoey, Mitchell Scott and Ben Browning, “All the way along we had this weird vision of a tropical, jungle, tribal sound. A place or an idea that we wanted to reach with some of the songwriting; to explore a looping hypnotic trance and revise the whole palette of what Cut Copy was about.”
Rather than fighting the strictures of conventional studios, the band produced the album on their own terms in a warehouse located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Minds ran wild with a free approach to experimentation during elastic sessions held in a space littered with piles of vintage studio equipment and instruments. Cheaply decking out the makeshift playground with drum enclosures built from pyramids of op-shop mattresses, the surroundings facilitated a full-length of uncompromised high fidelity. After spending months in this low pressure environment, they were able to fully realize their aural utopia of organic psychedelia intersecting with repetitive robotics.
A melting pot of ideas streaming from a collective of music fanatics, the album embraces new combinations that span a rhythm section on motorik overdrive (“Alisa”), the reincarnation of Chicago’s raw house pioneers producing EBM deep in the wilderness (“Pharaohs & Pyramids” and “Blink and You’ll Miss A Revolution”) and the epic 15 minute closing minimal disco mantra (“Sun God” – incidentally being one our most favourite epic tracks ever released). Seamlessly bridged together by a series of ambient hallucinatory miniatures, the percussion drenched celebrations are lively awakenings. Whitford runs through the exotic arsenal of percussion which they gathered to give their tracks that infectious tropical propulsion; “we used all sorts of strange bongos, rototoms, congas, 10 kinds of shaker, 15 different cowbells; anything and everything. Even wine bottles filled with different amounts of water.”
The band mixed the record in Atlanta, working with Ben Allen who has previously elevated albums from Animal Collective, Deerhunter and Gnarls Barkley. Whitford explains that the decision to work with their newly found kindred spirit was due to their disparate musical backgrounds, “Ben comes from a different perspective having started out in hip-hop/urban culture [and he’s tapped into] Atlanta’s history of southern music, funk and soul. We were really interested in throwing ourselves into something like that, rather than work with someone from the house music or indie guitar world.” In their own space and time, these audio architects have designed a stimulating world where nature and machines harmonize; a paradise for escapists to loose themselves in eternal euphoria. Zonoscope is Cut Copy boiled down to their purest form.
Scoring inclusions on the soundtracks of Hollywood blockbuster films (50/50) + appearing live on national America TV with cool kids hero’s Yo Gabba Gabba, late 2011 resulted in Cut Copy’s album “Zonoscope” winning an ARIA for Best Dance Release & best artwork. And now, these electro pop pioneers of Oz join an exclusive Australian entertainment list having been nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award. Cut Copy are currently focusing on the completion of album number four in Australia.
Cut Copy Live – Lollapalooza USA 2010
Albums / Lp’s
|Dan Whitford||I Thought Of Numbers|
|Tim Hoey||Bright Like Neon Love
|Mitchell Scott||In Ghost Colours|
|In Ghosts Colours||www.cutcopy.net|