by Chelo Grubb
For Cut Copy, 2015 is the year of doing everything differently.
In the dozen years since Cut Copy grew from the solo home-recording project of Dan Whitford into a four-man group, the Australian dance-rock band has steadily gained fans around the world, carving out a recognizable niche. But as the band wrapped up a New Year's Eve show in San Francisco, the goal was to strike out in new directions. From embarking on a full DJ tour for the first time to revamping the songwriting process to intentionally working at a slower pace, 2015 has been filled with experiments designed to yield fresh ideas for a new record.
"That process has consciously been taking a lot longer," says guitarist Tim Hoey. "We took time out at the start of the year and kind of just get re-energized by music again. We stepped away from it for a few months."
The changes have reinvigorated Cut Copy. While Hoey says it's too early in the process to describe the band's in-progress fifth full-length album, Whitford, bassist Benjamin Browning and drummer Mitchell Scott are all brimming with ideas and sharing them more eagerly than ever.