From beginning to end, Cut Copy put on an intense and compelling show that had the attendees hooked from the very start.
Photography by Jake Pierce
There’s nothing quite like a sold-out show at an intimate venue. The ambiance, the sheer mass of people, almost everything is different than just any normal concert. The sold-out Cut Copy and Classixx show on Wednesday night at Grand Central was no exception. The night was a magical one filled with die-hard fans and extraordinary music. It wasn’t a typical Miami show with phones constantly in the air and underage kids rudely bumping into you. Instead, the only bumping that was going down was by people dancing the night away.
A larger-than-life retro TV set filled the middle of the stage. Michael David and Tyler Blake stood on each side of it with their respectable instruments. Classixx had recently performed at Sasquatch, Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, and now Grand Central was lucky enough to be graced with their presence.
The duo gained notable attention with their debut album “Hanging Gardens” and played most of their original songs throughout the night. They started with one of their biggest hits “I’ll Get You,” but it was the live performance of their iconic remixes, like Yacht’s “Psychic City,” that got the crowd moving. The combination of live instrumentation and heavy usage of synthesizers made for an interesting outcome. Most of the vocals were pre-recorded, but when the duo did live singing, it was like experiencing bliss. They played an extremely short set, only about 40 minutes, and they should’ve been given at least an hour due to their talent and up-and-coming status.
From beginning to end, Cut Copy put on an intense and compelling show that had the attendees hooked from the very start. The four-piece band started with “We Are Explorers” and included songs not only from their latest album but classic favorites from previous albums that made the crowd move as one entity, a sign that true fans filled the space.
The band put on an amazing display of talent with each and every song, seamlessly going from one to the next. As the show went on, the music seemed to get louder and more intimate, and the bass seemed to get deeper, further drawing you into their music and simplistic psychedelic visuals. Lead Dan Whitford’s voice is constantly studio quality and extremely unique, making it associable with the band, but he tends to stay in one tone and pitch. The singing and songwriting take over the range. It works and everyone loved it.
Cut Copy went on to play crowd favorites like “Hearts On Fire,” “Let Me Show You Love” and “Lights and Music.” They waited a good five minutes to come back for a two-song encore that included “Walking in the Sky” and “Need You Now.” The encore was lighter-in-the-air worthy, but not one lighter was raised.
Towards the end of the show, Whitford proclaimed that the Grand Central show was the best of the tour thus far, but that leaves many wondering if bands say that at every show. Whether that be the case or not, it was excellent night for music in Miami. This city doesn’t have a big electronic indie rock scene, but Cut Copy proved that it can. Since this exciting show, lights and music have been on our minds.