An Experience Impossible to DenyMarch 24th, 2014
Cut Copy – Terminal 5 – March 22, 2014
Terminal 5 might damn well be the perfect venue for a Cut Copy show. The band had two sold-out weekend appearances there to make this point. The finer moments of their second night—“Take Me Over,” “Where I’m Going,” “Saturday” and “Lights & Music”—spurred three different levels of bodies moving more or less in unison. It was a sight to see, and if you were there and hearing Cut Copy’s music live, it was an experience impossible to deny.
Every little corner of the place was filled with dancing concertgoers: people trying to order drinks, the bartenders, people in line for the bathroom, security guards, you get the idea. Dancing down on the main floor and looking up made one feel like part of a larger, spectacular movement, while looking down on all of this from the third floor inspired feeling like the king (or queen) of the world. I’d imagine it was even more fun to witness this from the stage, watching this giant feedback loop of energy blasted out from the band to the dancing audience, and seeing that energy boomerang back to the stage and those conducting the experience. The breakdown of “So Haunted” had Cut Copy’s guitarist climbing on top of the drummer’s kit, smashing down on the cymbals with a tambourine. This wasn’t an act of free will, he had no choice: The energy in the venue demanded it.
Cut Copy’s music has always felt nostalgic in a way, like they’ve taken the electronic music of other eras and perfected it. Watching them tear down Terminal 5 reminded me of documentary footage from the early days of rave culture, with drugged-out electronic- music fans trying to explain rave culture as if it were some significant cultural phenomenon on par with Woodstock. Having not taken part in that era, it always sounded naive and silly. But find a good show with dance music powerful enough that it has everyone dancing on the same wavelength, and you can see their point. —Dan Rickershauser