Black Kids/Cut Copy
The Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL
“Okay Chicago, here’s your chance to say ‘fuck you’ to the people going to the late show,” Cut Copy’s Tim Hoey told the packed crowd as the sunlight was finally setting on May 7. The “chance” came on the breakdown of their current single “Lights and Music,” and the “fuck you” to the late show meant dancing and jumping around. By 8:30, Cut Copy had already laid out their 12 synth-filled dance numbers and the Black Kids had already torn through their 8-song set, allowing for the more than satisfied crowd to file out of the Abbey.
Hearing what the Black Kids had to offer outside the four-track Wizard of Ahhhs EP, which (until July 7) is their only release to date, was the biggest treat of the night. Black Kids offered the highlight, “I’m Making Eyes At You,” as well as “I Wanna Be A Limousine,” “Partie Traumatic,” and “Listen To Your Body Tonight” from the forthcoming disc. The entirety of Wizards balanced the heavy dosage of new songs, with the slightly modified “Hurricane Jane,” sounding best live. Ali Youngblood played catchy melodious keyboard lines and led the band through their doo-wop loaded show. She unified the fun band from center stage with her awesome dance moves and facial expressions, which served as pleasant distractions. The songs met my high debut album expectations and the young 5-piece demonstrated with their strong live act a band poised for greatness.
Cut Copy drew from their praised 2008 review In Colours a fair amount, but balanced their quality set with tracks from their debut “Time Stands Still,” and “Saturdays.” “Saturdays” was the highlight for sure, which, like most of their songs, featured a build-up, breakdown, and a sort of mini-song/reprise afterwards; similar to the quality supporting-tracks on their albums.
Reggie Youngblood best summed up the show, saying, “This is the best thing that ever happened to me [on stage]…before 7:00.” Both thrilling bands were hard to stop photographing, a challenge not to dance to, and impossible not to love.