Cut Copy return today with “Airborne” – the band’s first official single in four years. Equal parts guitar jangle, celestial synths and bottom-heavy bassline, the infectious track shifts gears multiple times, balancing images of chaos (“jagged teeth made of glass, rising up”) with the resolute chorus: “That don’t stop me.” The song offers an early glimpse of the new material the Grammy-nominated Australian band has been recording in studios around the world. “Airborne” – was produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective) and marks Cut Copy’s first release on Astralwerks.
Yesterday, the band’s record label AirDropped an advance sneak peek of “Airborne” in select locations worldwide – including Bedford Avenue Station in New York City and Amoeba Records in Los Angeles – giving nearby iPhone users an early listen to the track. Cut Copy gave its first performance of “Airborne” during its June 15 headline show at The Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA. Cut Copy will perform at several U.S. festivals this fall, including Luna Lights, CRSSED and Austin City Limits. The band’s summer Australian tour will wrap up with an appearance at the Splendour in the Grass Festival.
In the past decade, Cut Copy has truly become an international act, headlining massive sold-out shows and gaining prime slots at prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Ultra and Lollapalooza in the U.S.; Primavera in Spain, Pitchfork in Paris; Summer Sonic in Japan; and Big Day Out in Australia. The band’s igh-energy live show is matched by the beautiful complexity of their songwriting. Layers that have parts with melody, sections with dissonance, nods to many genres, including both disco and post-punk, are cleverly combined to create indelible pop songs.
Initially a bedroom recording project by frontman Dan Whitford, Cut Copy evolved into a full-fledged band with guitarist Tim Hoey, drummer Mitchell Scott, and bass player Ben Browning. The quartet’s four studio albums include 2011’s Zonoscope, which won two ARIA Awards and was nominated for a GRAMMY, and 2013’s Free Your Mind, which Under The Radar awarded 8 out of 10 stars.
LISTEN TO “AIRBORNE” BELOW:
Cut Copy – Upcoming Tour Dates
Fall U.S. Dates
9/30 – Darlington, MD @ Luna Lights Festival
10/1 – San Diego, CA @ CRSSED Festival
10/7 – Austin, TX @ Zilker Park – Austin City Limits)
Summer Australian Dates
7/19 – Sydney AUS – The Metro
7/20 – Melbourne. AUS – The Croxton
7/21 – Byron Bay, AUS – Splendour In The Grass Festival