Copeland have a new version of their “Control Freak” video up on Yahoo! Music.
I have posted some new pictures of Switchfoot and Copeland in the photos section. Head there to check them out.
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02.14 San Francisco, CA
02.16 Eugene, OR
02.17 Spokane, WA
02.18 Seattle, WA
02.19 Vancouver, BC
02.21 Calgary, AB
02.22 Edmonton, AB
02.23 Saskatoon, SK
02.24 Winnipeg, MB
02.26 Thunder Bay, ON
02.28 Toronto, ON
03.01 London, ON
03.02 Ottawa, ON
03.03 Montreal, QC
03.06 Burlington, VT
03.07 Boston, MA
03.08 Providence, RI
03.09 Hartford, CT
03.10 Philadelphia, PA
03.11 Baltimore, MD
03.13 Albany, NY
03.14 Buffalo, NY
03.15 Pittsburgh, PA
03.17 Cincinnati, OH
03.18 Ashville, NC
03.19 Charleston, SC
03.22 New Orleans, LA
03.23 Houston, TX
03.24 Austin, TX
03.25 Dallas, TX
03.26 Oklahoma City, OK
03.28 Tucson, AZ
03.29 Los Angeles, CA
03.31 San Diego, CA
A special thanks to Libby and MSOPR for letting me attend this show!
While entering the famous El Rey Theatre on a seemingly quiet, pre-Thanksgiving wednesday night, slowly but surely my bias towards the current music scene was lifted. Not since seeing Bad Religion at age 13 have I ever felt like one of the younger in attendance at a concert. However, the crowd that was present for this tour was not ridden with parents escorting their scandalously dressed daughters to the merch area and purchasing all of the brightly colored t-shirts and posters; sensing some bitterness?
For this type of show, the crowd began as quite an intimate group, taking in the soft but intense acoustic stylings of opening act Mike Kinsella, known as Owen. Kinsella formerly played a few different roles in the band American Football but has ventured under the title Owen since 2002. His songs are very well structured but his voice doesn’t keep up with the beauty of his guitar work. He definitely did a great job as an opening act.
Up next was Los Angeles’ own Acute. Formed with former members of Poulain, Ozma, and Whispertown 2000, this 4-piece brings a solid blend of indie, pop, and rock. With singer Isaac Lekach also controlling all of the guitar work, it’s quite impressive how the band fills up open space. Drummer Patrick Edwards maintains the rhythm almost perfectly enough to believe he’s playing to a metronome and bassist Colt Maloney is always right beside him. What impressed me the most was the latest addition to the band in Jason Borger. He did an incredible job using two keyboards and different voices and tones to add the feeling that the live show was just as impressive as a recording of the band. I would love to see what they could do with a second guitarist in a live performance.
Third, was the always incredible Militia Group band, The Appleseed Cast. Since 1998 this band has been touring in support of multiple full-lengths, most recently Peregrine. Their sound is far superior every other artist in this vein of music, and what bothers me is how much longer they’ve been doing it than everyone else who tries to copy their sound. I wish I had something to balance out all of the positive things to say, but in this case, I can only give praise. Don’t take my word for it, check out any of their several releases and be prepared for something different and better than what you currently listen to.
Copeland, is a band that at one point changed my perspective of the potential of music. Unfortunately, while some of the songs from that era still remain as staples, some have been re-worked to fit the current direction the band is headed. Recently releasing their third full-length record “Eat, Sleep, Repeat” and meeting much critique and acclaim, I felt as though I owed the band enough to judge on more than a recording. Unfortunately, the live performances of boring songs are just that, nothing more. While bringing down the pace of the past’s more upbeat and passionate songs, I still love them, but I grow fonder of my pillow for purposes of sleep rather than the tears they once used to manifest within me.
On the verge of reaching success the band greatly deserves, this slew of new songs just doesn’t make the cut that my expectations have been set at. For me, the band has taken a step to the side, not a step forward and has much more ground to make up with new material past what was so recently introduced. While I still recommend Copeland’s live show, don’t expect the gut-wrenching emotion that was once displayed. Take it as you will, and enjoy it.
Copeland has signed with Columbia Records.
Here are some albums in stores tomorrow.
Dead Poetic – Vices
Copeland – Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Casket Salesmen – Sleeping Giants
Deftones – Saturday Night Wrists
Scars Of Tomorrow – The Failure In Drowning
Prize Fighter Inferno – My Brother’s Blood Machine
Aiden – Rain In Hell CD/DVD
Demon Hunter – Triptych (Deluxe Edition) CD/DVD
Endwell – Homeland Insecurity
Four Letter Lie – Let Your Body Take Over
Moros Eros – I Saw The Devil Last Night And Now The Sun Shines Bright
Like a lot of people IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m sure, I had huge expectations, not to mention huge excitement for the newest Copeland record Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“Eat, Sleep, RepeatÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢. When excitement and expectations run so high it then becomes very easy to be let down, even by the slightest things. Let me be one of the first to say that this record is different than the previous two, yet it does not disappoint someone looking for music with passion behind it.
The album as a whole has almost a creepy/lonely feeling which the first song Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”WhereÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s my headÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? sets the stage for. The song, which is a little over 2 minutes, never fully breaks into the full band but rather at its peak itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s simply vocals with a lot of background drums/noise. Musically Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Careful nowÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? seems like it could have been a track off Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“In MotionÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢, however vocally it strays from the traditional Copeland sound.
Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Love affairÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? is the song I can see being that song that everyone loves, whether they admit it or not. The song, which is one of the longest on the record, starts slow and then continually builds into this epic love song which then musically changes to be piano and believe it or not, trumpet lead. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m safer on an airplaneÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”The last time he saw DorieÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? are two of the slower, mellower tracks (comparatively speaking).
Besides Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Love affairÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, my personal favorites are the last two tracks on this beautiful record. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m a sucker for a kind wordÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? is one of the more upbeat songs, probably a song that will stick out with its very predominant melody in the chorus and verses. The record concludes with a song you probably would not expect to hear on the record. The song starts with Elton John like piano, which then is later accompanied by an amazing strings section. I didnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t know what I was expecting with this latest release from the guys of Copeland, but needless to say they have come through in a big way. Please go buy this record on October 31st.
1. Where’s My Head
2. Eat, Sleep, Repeat
3. Control Freak
4. Careful Now
5. Love Affair
6. I’m Safer On An Airplane
7. By My Side
8. Cover What You Can
9. The Last Time He Saw Dorie
10. I’m A Sucker For A Kind Word
11. When You Thought You’d Never Stand Out