Is Cut Copy starting a cult?
The 12-year-old Australian electronic act’s new album is called “Free Your Mind” and its hypnotic new live show rolling into Oakland on Saturday aims for ecstasy, transcendence, and the dissolution of the ego into something larger and more powerful.
Then there’s “True Blood” mega-hunk Alexander Skarsgard playing a cult leader in Cut Copy’s video for its first single, also called, suspiciously, “Free Your Mind.”
“People lose their minds when he walks into a room,” says Tim Hoey, who plays guitar and sampler in the four-piece. “I gave him a hug at the end of the shoot and thought, ‘Wow, your body is actually incredible.’ I may have held him a bit too long. … We actually tried to convince him to go on the road to be our spiritual guru and festival trainer.”
Skarsgard declined, so Cut Copy will have to maintain its hold on listeners with live versions of the new LP, the fourth after “Zonoscope” in 2011 hit No. 2 in on U.S. dance charts. The 2008 album “In Ghost Colours” hit No. 1 in Australia and went gold globally.
The band recorded “Free Your Mind” over the course of eight months last year in an abandoned church. Instead of laboring over each new track, the band jammed on a new idea each day, taking inspiration from early 1990s acid house and the church’s Hammond organ.
“We’ve never worked that way,” Hoey says, “It was a much freer form way of writing and kind of refreshing for us.”
Adapting the record for live performance has been a “nightmare,” he says, which could have required a 40-piece band.
Instead, Cut Copy goes out as a quartet Saturday, playing highly energetic versions of the record with a stripped-down live show more reminiscent of vintage psych rock than, say, Deadmau5’s laser-cube.
“Everything’s very uptempo and goes for the jugular. The show is definitely more high-energy than we have before, which is kind of almost scary for us,” he says. But, “The idea is to not throw the kitchen sink at it, with a million different LED lights flashing, and make it a bit more classic.”
The band can’t wait to get back to the Bay, Hoey says. “I definitely love San Francisco. We need a week or two to actually explore The City a bit more.”
IF YOU GO
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Contact: (510) 302-2250, www.thefoxoakland.com
Black Mammoth Halloween Party: Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve in the Mission at the famed “Pink Mammoth” party night featuring 11 DJs from Pink Mammoth, Heart Phoenix, Dusty Rhino, Housepitality, Sunset Sound System and DISTRIKT. 9 p.m., $10 before 11 p.m. Mighty, 19 Utah St., S.F., (415) 762-0151, www.mighty119.com
Daft Punk Tribute — One More Time: “The first and only realistic tribute” of its kind comes complete with replica chromed helmets and pyramid stage; it’s the fan-fiction encore to the “Alive 2007” tour. 9 p.m., $15-$20. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F., (415) 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com
Day of the Devs: Major indie-game maker Double Fine and iam8bit host an event of video games and music, with demos of the adventure game “Broken Age,” plus wares from Supergiant, Capy, Gaijin, SpyParty, Tribute, Honeyslug, Die Gute Fabrik, Action Button Entertainment and Bennett Foddy. DJ set by Phil Fish. 4 p.m., free. Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F. (415) 779-6757, www.dayofthedevs.com