Last week, Aussie dance-rock dons Cut Copy played a short run of U.S. dates, their first since the touring cycle behind 2011’s Zonoscope wrapped up. They finished things up at the Governor’s Ball festival in New York over the weekend, but for some awesome reason they started things off in Charlottesville, the small Virginia college town where I live. I was at the Charlottesville show, and if you were wondering whether a Cut Copy show is worth your money in 2013, yes, it is. They knocked out all their old quasi-hits with all the gawky charm they’ve always brought to the stage, transitioning smoothly from peak to peak and treating a small crowd like they were at a festival. And they also debuted a slick, thumping new song called “Explorers,” which seems custom-built for vast festival spaces. It took a few days for a fan-made video to make its way to YouTube, but you can now watch one below.
From the sound of things, Cut Copy will have a new album out sometime this year. Also, they kept mentioning how excited they are that Bright Like Neon Love, their 2004 debut, is finally available on vinyl.