Cut Copy and Black Kids Saturday, May 3, 2008 Larimer Lounge Better Than: Seeing New Order. A lot better.
It’s a rare thing to see a tour bus parked in front of Larimer Lounge. Vans with trailers are a lot more common. They don’t hand out buses to just any band. It’s usually a luxury saved for groups that have proven themselves somehow, whether by selling a bunch of records or showing a fair amount of promise.
That in mind, Cut Copy has probably sold a fair amount of albums in the last few years, while the fairly new Black Kids won’t have a full-length album out until July. But both bands have each generated sizable amounts of praise. Jacksonville-based Black Kids got the momentum rolling with free downloads from its MySpace page, and Cut Copy’s brand new album, In Ghost Colours, has received a ton of flattering reviews. It seems like a no-brainer to get these two acts out on the road together, and whoever decided to pair them up deserves a medal. They’ve been selling out shows on the West Coast, and Saturday’s show was at capacity as well.
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Black Kids delivered a playful and enthusiastic set steeped in ‘80s kitch, lead by singer and guitarist Reggie Youngblood and his sister Ali. About halfway through the set, Reggie said something like, “It looks like this is going to be a straight party,” almost like he was a tad disappointed in not getting more bodies moving. It’s not like the band wasn’t trying. The three guys and two girls were laying down the tasty electro pop dance grooves on cuts like “Hurricane Jane” and the wonderfully infectious “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You.” The rest of the set was made up of cuts that will probably end up on the band’s forthcoming album, Partie Traumatic.
While Cut Copy wasn’t quite as entertaining as Black Kids, the Australian trio (plus a touring bassist) did succeed at getting a sizable portion of the audience moving. At times, Cut Copy’s set felt like a DJ set, as a lot of the songs had similar BPMs. The cuts from the band’s new album, In Ghost Colours, flowed seamlessly into each other, as did the few songs from 2004’s Bright Like Neon Light. The four skinny white guys wearing t-shirts ramped up the intensity with each song, and by the time they launched into their sixth song, they had about three-quarters of the people in the crowd dancing. Cut Copy kept the vigor pumping until the end of its set and through the songs during the encore. Just before the band’s last song of the night, singer Dan Whitford told the folks in the audience, “You’ve got one last chance to go crazy.” And they did just that.
Personal Bias: Black Kids will have a very bright future. Random Detail: There aren’t any black kids in Black Kids. By the Way: It kinda sucks to have to wait a few months to hear the new Black Kids album.