Throwback Thursday: Same Kopecky. Hold the Family


The second album from Nashville-based six-piece Kopecky, Drug for the Modern Age, takes the many shake-ups the band’s endured over the past few years and turns them into inspiration for groove-driven, melody-heavy alt-pop that’s intensely emotional and strangely exhilarating. Formerly known as the Kopecky Family Band, the group looks at such life-altering events as the sudden loss of a loved one, divorce, and struggles with addiction, along with more joyful happenings like new love and marriage. “The album was written in this weird time of so much pain but also happiness, and that really informed the writing and recording,” says vocalist/guitarist Gabe Simon, who co-founded the group with vocalist/keyboardist Kelsey Kopecky in 2007. “Our goal was to talk about all these very serious things we were dealing with, but in a way that felt nothing like wallowing and more like standing triumphantly, or even dancing our way through it.


This interview was originally published March 1, 2013. Kopecky will be playing at Vinyl at Center Stage Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m.

Kopecky Family Band – a non-traditional family, at that – is dynamic, and they wield an equally dynamic slew of instruments. Their thoughtful songwriting is supported by a diverse backdrop of sound. And the musical canvas is covered with broad brushstrokes – ranging from clanging tambourines and guitars, booming percussion, intelligent string arrangements, and triumphant horns. These six bandmates – siblings, if you will – swap their musical tools without a second thought, creating an emotive, adventurous, and energetic environment onstage. With the recent release of their album, Kids Raising Kids, their tour promises to never have a dull moment.

In late 2007, founding members Kelsey Kopecky and Gabriel Simon became united with four friends who shared a mutual vision. They planted seeds that have been nurtured for the past five years through persistent touring and recording – and those seeds are rapidly reaching maturity. With thousands of miles traveled, and surely thousands to come, the Kopecky Family Band is only just beginning their adventure – and they want to bring you along for the ride.

Check out the interview below:

What bands or artists have inspired your music?

That’s a tough question since we are all inspired by a lot of different artist. As a whole I think we love the vibe, style, and songwriting of Fleetwood Mac. But we can talk all day about the Beach Boys, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Janis Joplin, the strokes, Pedro the Lion, Weezer, Explosions in the Sky, and No Doubt! It’s a serious melting pot.

What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist/band so far?

Very tough questions since the funniest moments tend to be the accidental ones that you try so hard to remember but can’t. The amount of times our van has broken down and the way we tend to fill that time on the side of the road seems to be filled with an endless amount of “I cant believe this is our life right now” moments that are just hilarious. I lost my favorite glasses in the ocean one time and had to wear my prescription sunglasses the rest of the tour dates…. That was funny!

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

We all do a bit of group yoga, stretching and momentary meditation to get in the groove. That and we always try to eat together before hand. We tend to do everything better knowing we have been in community in some way that day so we do it every show. The yoga and meditation calms nerves and gets us ready to forget about ourselves and remember that we make music for everyone. I guess we like to humble ourselves and be thankful before each show so we know we are doing it for the right reasons. It’s cheesy but good for us.

If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?


How do you connect with a crowd?

By smiling. It’s amazing how engaging happiness and joy is. That and we include them in the music. Encouraging song alongs and with hand percussion. We used to give it out but people steal our instruments haha.

What bands would be part of your dream lineup?

Fleetwood Mac
Jay Z

What is the best way to write music?

We do it a lot of different ways so it’s difficult to say that one way so the best. We tend to find that as a group we write the best stuff but I love the moments where it’s just me and Kelsey. We are still learning so the best way is still out there.

What Festival would you like to play the most?

Hmm… Probably Big Day Out in Australia or the Brazil Lollapalooza

Don’t miss Kopecky live at Vinyl Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 8 p.m.



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