The Metro – Chicago, IL
Presets were not as fun as Cut Copy, their tracks were less accessible and the hardworking duo had less stage presence than the playful quintet; by the same token however, the Presets were often more impressive when mixing the more unusual, harder and edgier rock elements into their dance numbers, backed by the insanely good drumming.
Although The Presets preceded Cut Copy, they were atypical openers. Their set well exceeded the standard 40-minute slot and a surprisingly high portion of the crowd knew all the lyrics; those unfamiliar easily faked it by dancing to the infectious dance cuts. “Down Down Down” came early in a set that included Preset-essentials “Are You The One?” the breakout from Beams, the Apocalypso single “My People,” and the show highlight “This Boy’s In Love.”
Lights played a big role into the show, too. The rainbow arrays of neon and Cut Copy’s backdrop during the encore of an Asian women removing paint off of her face was somehow an enhancement – not a distraction. The wait between the Presets and Cut Copy seemed incredibly long, which finally took off at 11:40.
The only songs that may have differed from CC’s two shows with the Black Kids back in May at the Abbey Pub were perhaps “Strangers In The Wind” and “Future.” The band members rarely talked, but repeatedly thanked the great Chicago fans for their support and led the crowd, with full-participation, to moments of jumping. All of the hits made the set, “Nobody Lost, Nobody Found” and its reprise (the reprises are by far my favorite songs) began the show, moving to “Time Stands Still,” my favorites “Unforgettable Season” and “Saturdays,” and crowd-pleasers “Lights And Music and “Far Away.”
The encore not only wrapped up a great set, it capped an outstanding show, and reconciled the Pitchfork Festival fiasco that only allowed 3 or 4 songs. The encore selection was “Hearts On Fire,” the last of a generously long performance. Few shows that I’ve witnessed has left a more satisfied a crowd like the one that exited the Metro early Thursday morning.
Photos of Cut Copy and the Presets: