Sound of the Shore
Irish rockers Kopek’s debut album features in films and and has already been on MTV’S Ronan Mcgreevy meets a band who mean business
IT HAS BEEN a long road for Kopek, a longer road than most. It is 10 years since childhood friends from Dublin, drummer Shane Cooney and bassist Brad Kinsella, inspired by the grunge scene, put an advertisement in a magazine looking for a singer. They recruited Daniel Jordan from Ashbourne, Co Meath.
Four years later, they won a global battle of the bands competition in London, but it was another three years before they began to record their debut album, having signed a multi-album deal with Religion, a Dublin-based record company.
That album, White Collar Lies, was released in the United States in 2010 and is now about to be released at home.
It has been worth the wait: White Collar Lies holds the attention from start to finish. Producing an album that is sonically brutal in places and yet still accessible is a tough task but Kopek have completed it with self-assurance. It is made for radio, at least that section of radio which dares to stray from the stale menu of pop-pap, and it’s tailor-made for soundtracks.
Next month, Kopek’s song Bring It On
American Pie. Love is long, there were a lot of songs to choose from,” explains dreadlocked lead singer and guitarist Daniel Jordan.
“We wanted to work on every song equally rather than have three songs and forget about the rest.” They spent six months in the US last year on tour with the mainstream metallers Hinder, building up a fan base. Their original drummer has since departed to be replaced by new drummer Eoin Ryan.
Phase two of their tilt at world domination starts with a few Irish gigs and the launch of the album at home with a European launch and tour to follow.
“As a band we never followed any trends,” says Jordan by way of explaining the hiatus between their formation and first album, “we just stuck to what we thought was good music. Over the last 10 years rock has got very stale. Big labels are looking for a Coldplay. The fact that we didn’t follow trends may have hindered us in that sense, but hopefully will pay off in the end.”
As its title suggests, the album has many contemporary preoccupations, from corporate greed to the emasculation of so much of today’s music, to drug addiction, though as the lyrics of the song Sub-human attests, there are no easy villains and heroes.
“We’re supposed to be human, we’re supposed to have figured out the world.” Jordan explains: “Music has always been a medium of communication yet that seems to be forgotten about and people are singing about things that are trivial. I’m into singers who mean what they say and that’s what we are going for.”
They are scheduled to play on the last day of the Download Music Festival in June, an outing which is likely to give them priceless international exposure. It will be headlined by Black Sabbath in the first and only show of the European tour they have had to abandon as a result of guitarist Tony Iommi’s recent cancer diagnosis. Second on the bill are Soundgarden, big heroes of Kopek.
With a fair wind behind them, they could be very big indeed. You heard it here first.