Cut Copy Buckles Down For Extensive Tour
With a domestic No. 1 album under its belt and a widening fanbase in the northern hemisphere, Australian electro-pop act Cut Copy is putting in the hard work to reach the next level.With a domestic No. 1 album under its belt and a widening fanbase in the northern hemisphere, Australian electro-pop act Cut Copy is putting in the hard work to reach the next level.
Having recently completed a four-week trek of U.S. gigs, Cut Copy is briefly back on home turf for a string of war-mup dates before heading north again for a solid run which should keep the band busy until next year.
"This year is pretty much non-stop touring, and we're just settling in for the ride," bandleader Dan Whitford told Billboard.com ahead of Cut Copy's first homecoming date tomorrow (June 12) at Adelaide's HQ Complex. "We've got a fairly big production, with lights and a whole stage show ready to go."
The Melbourne-based band's well-received first album "Bright Like Neon Love" made all the right noises, but failed to crack the Australian top 50 on its release in 2004. However, "In Ghost Colours" (Modular/Universal) proved the big breakthrough when it opened at No. 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association chart this March.
The new set touched a chord with record buyers on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching No. 167 on The Billboard 200 in early May. It has sold 24,000 copies Stateside so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"We've noticed there's been a lot of the same crowds coming along to see us again and again," notes Whitford of the recent U.S. outing. "It's like you get a reward for touring and going back to play for people. Our audiences have grown from each show that we've done. I think its one of those things where you build a following from the ground up."
A second single, "Hearts on Fire," is to be lifted from the album for a July 21 street date. The track will be supported by a video helmed by Japanese director Nagi Noda, and remixes by the likes of Calvin Harris, Midnight Juggernauts, Knightlife, Holy Ghost and Aeroplane.
The band returns to U.K. audiences with a June 26 performance at the Glastonbury Festival, before tackling an itinerary that includes July bookings at San Francisco's Download Festival and at Chicago's Pitchfork festival.
But don't hold your breath for a follow-up to "In Ghost Colours" in the near future. "It's not going to happen for at least another nine months," Whitford says. "We've got non-stop touring until early next year. We'll see after that. We're always thinking about ideas we might want to draw on for the next record. I don't think we'll get a chance to sit in a room and write stuff until next year."