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Fun Fun Fun Fest: 3 questions with Cut Copy

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 8, 2013

Australian electro/indie pop band takes the Orange stage later tonight. Veterans of ACL Festival and SXSW this is the band’s first appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest. They are supporting a new album “Free Your Mind” that came out earlier this week. We sat down backstage with guitarist Tim Hoey and bassist Ben Browning for a brief chat.

American-Statesman: I know there was a specific conceptual backbone to the new album, can you talk a bit about how that came about?

Tim Hoey: The two summers of love thing, ’89 and ’69 are very different movements in music. Acid house in ’89 and more psychedelic in ’69 but they kind of have the same idea of people coming together in this very euphoric, kind of uplifting time. A reaction, I guess to a lot of what was happening in the world at the time. We thought it would be kind of an interesting idea to make a record that had some of those ideas, especially in this current climate. The idea of making something very positive and uplifting almost felt kind of subversive to us. There’s a lot of crazy things going on in the world right now. It sounds kind of corny to say it but we liked this idea of kind of bringing people together.

You’ve been working the festival circuit for several years now. How has playing in festival settings affected your development as a band.

It’s certainly helped as far as expanding our audience, because you play at a festival you have that opportunity of playing in front of people who are just curious passers-by that may not know you or haven’t seen a show but want to check you out and you might gain new fans from it so I guess it raises the stakes a little bit.

Anything stand out to you about playing in Austin?

We saw the bats the fly under the bridge, and Mitchell our drummer is allergic to them, he didn’t know beforehand but his face got all puffed up. It was really funny. But it’s such a nice place to walk around at night, so many cool little bars and cafes.