Cut Copy cut off at ACL Fest, but it was groovy while it lasted

[cmg_anvato video=”4192414″]

The party never stops, except when it does, and even then it kind of keeps going.

I’m talking about Cut Copy’s Saturday set at Austin City Limits Music Festival, a constantly escalating disco-rock fever full of crystalline sounds and some guys who look like they work in accounting. Not to linger too long on the Australian band’s look — best described as “your neighbor who drives a Civic wandered into a Depeche Mode concert” — of Dan Whitford and gang. However, I kept wondering when the singer was gonna break out into a “Schoolhouse Rock” number.

Cut Copy, an Australian electronic music bandperform on the Honda Stage during Weekend one of the 2017 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on Saturday Oct. 7, 2017. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)

No, but really, the look matters! The clattering, whizzing, propulsive lead-in to “Need You Now,” the laser torpedo/midnight movie vibes of “Future,” the Eurotrash bacchanal of “Free Your Mind”: It all seems more fun when it’s approachable. Some of the lyrics are groaners (“You’ve gotta reach the sky if you want your light to shine,” OK cool, will do) but a few hundred bobbing heads can’t be wrong.

PHOTOS: Saturday at ACL Fest 2017 Weekend 1

That’s why it was a darn shame that Cut Copy went all the way up to 7 p.m. and had their sound unceremoniously cut off. In the middle of “Lights and Music,” no less. That’s the song you’d want to hear if you came to see Cut Copy, said the guy who got it as a free iTunes download his freshman year of college.

Not that the band minded much, because they kept right on playing. For a band dominated by synthesizers, that’s … it’s a choice, kids.

The reason became clear soon enough. ACL had lined up a skydiving tribute to Tom Petty around 7 p.m. If you’re going to have the power pulled, there’s not a better reason to be found.

RELATED: For Chance the Rapper, all of ACL Fest is a gospel choir

Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.