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

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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 Re­union,

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.

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