Music Review: Kopek – White Collar Lies

Kopek is an Irish rock trio out of Dublin who released their first CD “White Collar Lies” on iTunes back in June. The hard copy version will be out in mid-September, so you still have plenty of time to decide if you want to download now, or go oldschool to wait for the disc.  I say do the download as this is a band with a buzz – don’t wanna be late to the party, know what I mean?

The first single “Love Is Dead” (which is handily linked below for your viewing enjoyment) is catchy yet gritty,  repetitious as hell which only serves to drive the melody home much like Enuff Z’ Nuff did with ‘New Thing’ back in the 80’s (that one STILL rings through my head at 3am sometimes).

Beyond that, the entire disc is infectiously well written, rocking out in places like “Cocaine Chest Pains” yet just as easily sliding into softer pieces (“Floridian” or “Bigger Than Us All”) without the band removing their ball sacs in the process.  Fairly diverse in execution, “White Collar Lies” shows Kopek to be a band that doesn’t fit neatly into any record store category.  If you must give them a label, ‘Modern Rock’ is probably the most accurate.  An opening slot for Pearl Jam seems inevitable, at least to me.

Vocalist/guitarist Daniel Jordan has a bluesy, almost gravely quality to his voice that hints at the 10 years of roadwork this band has logged to date.  Alongside bassist Brad Kinsella & drummer Shane Cooney, the threesome have honed their chops winning a myriad of battle of the band contests & playing the usual roadhouse night shifts  – all leading up to their delivery of this most impressive debut effort.  While not metal as is typically written about on these pages,  I’ve literally had this CD in my car for about 3 weeks straight.  To be honest, I’ve found the intricacy & depth of each song requires multiple listenings to fully appreciate.

Each song of this album could stand alone as a single if necessary; there is no ‘filler piece’ to round out the playing time of the disc.  In fact, I find the track listing to be almost backwards as my favorite tunes are near the end (where a lesser band would bury a godawful cover of something by The Smiths and be done with it).  Songs like the very Indie-ish “The Easy Way (D.B. Cooper)”, the surprisingly bluesy “Sub Human” or the minimalist “Sin City” which being dead last on the disc, is amazingly subtle . . . and haunts the mind like a new found memory (and excellently showcases Jordan’s range).

So check out the vid below with one word of caution; what you will see is but a single facet of a larger, and incredibly more complex, diamond in the rough.  I look forward to seeing this one shine all on it’s own.

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