Cut Copy talks Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, and why you shouldn't read your own reviews

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Cut Copy have had the chance to tour with Lady Gaga, Nine Inch Nails, and Coldplay -- and subsequently turned all three down due to the recording of their recent album release. This is a band that clearly takes their direction seriously.

Now on their third album, Zonoscope, the boys from down-under have invaded U.S. territory for their North American tour. The buzz that's emerged around Cut Copy seems to be growing quickly, and not losing any sign of momentum.

Serious electro-pop fans would argue that they've been easily recognizable for years. But if you're just coming into this whole Passion Pit, Phoenix, Empire on the Sun scene of indie-pop whir, you'll be happy to have discovered Cut Copy. They're different than the others; their accents accentuate their talents perfectly. Leaning towards more of a Daft Punk edge, Cut Copy seems to be putting traditional pop back in its place, evoking more of a house approach. They certainly seem to be capturing their audience with this overture. Let's see if they can get enough people dancing to give Too Much Love a run for its money.

Gimme Noise caught up with Tim Hoey of Cut Copy before their show at First Avenue this Saturday.

Pitchfork has seemed to favor your music and your albums by including you in a few of their end-of-year lists, as well as consistently rating your albums by high standards. How do you feel about all of the positive feedback you're receiving, not just from Pitchfork (as an example) but in general?

Tim Hoey: It's cool but I think you need to be real careful when reading reviews. I mean you'll read nine good reviews and one bad one and all you'll do is fixate on the bad one and go into some critical self analysis spiral. But then if you're reading good reviews it can be a bit narcissistic. It's great that people like the record but you should always form your own opinions on things and not go by what one review says....good or bad.

Would you say that Daft Punk is an influence on how you create music?

Sure. I think they're an influence on everyone these days. Their influence reaches many different genres of music. Not just artists involved in dance music.

Who do you personally believe to be the originator(s) of electronic music?

Kraftwerk. Electronic music was quite experimental before then. Kraftwerk took it into pop music territory.

What is the reason that you declined tour offers from Lady Gaga, Nine Inch Nails and Coldplay?

Busy. Recording Zonoscope.

Your music is obviously high energy, and with that brings an immense sense of positivity. How do you perform or record when you're not quite feeling it, say if you're tired, unhappy, etc.?

Sometimes writing music when you're tired and unhappy, you can come up with something really special. Performing is different though. The more rested you're before a show (which is extremely rare) the better you perform. Usually we rely on the audience to energize us. They're good at this!

It seems that just in the past few years you've become extremely popular in the US, even though you've been around for quite a while. What do you believe has been the cause of the sudden explosion?

It doesn't feel sudden which I think is the key. It feels like a real organic growth through constant touring and releasing records that we're really proud of. America does feel like our second home at the moment which is great. We love spending time there.

Has Cut Copy had any negative experiences with the current illegal distribution of music downloads on the internet?

Well our record leaked before the release which was disappointing, only because we couldn't reveal it ourselves. I mean we download music too, so I can't really talk too much otherwise it would be the pot calling the kettle black. But leaking records is kind of disappointing. It would be great to put a record out with the artwork and the track order it was supposed to be intended to listen to and also a good quality version. After it's out whatever happens. It's impossible to control. But there's nothing better than having a physical copy. I like the feeling of holding a record in your hands, putting it on the record player and looking at the artwork. You can't get that experience from a download.

How do you feel about house music?

We love house music. There is a strong focus on the Chicago house music scene on Zonoscope. People like Larry Heard, Adonis, and Robert Owens. They paved the way.

How do you feel drugs have influenced/inspired or help to create music in this genre? Do you feel substances aid in enhancing the music experience?

I guess it's played just as much a part as it has on rock and roll. Not me personally but to each his own. I prefer the straight edge approach.

CUT COPY perform with Holy Ghost! on SATURDAY, APRIL 9, at FIRST AVENUE. 18+. $20/$22 at the door. 6 p.m.




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