Dine Alone Records is proud to announce the addition of Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band to their expanding roster in Canada. Described by PASTE Magazine as one the Top 25 Live Acts of 2011, Kopecky Family Band’s highly anticipated debut album Kids Raising Kids is available now in Canada on Dine Alone Records.
It’s not always easy for young bands to channel their youthful exuberance and still come away with a finished product that’s as representative as their intentions. For most bands, it usually takes a few records. But in the case debut full-length Kids Raising Kids, the highly energized six-piece hit their target and then some. And that’s not to say that Gabe (guitar, vocals) and Kelsey (vocals, keys) Steven (lead guitar), Corey (bass), Markus (cello), and David (drums) haven’t taken some time to formulate their sound. They released a standout EP in 2011 and toured with a relentless desire to have their music heard by anyone and everyone willing to listen. They’ve earned their fans to this point, and new fans will be easy to find with the release of Kids Raising Kids.
What’s so impressive about Kids Raising Kids is the musical range that the Kopecky Family Band showcases, and how well they manage to keep things sounding so cohesive. As a six-piece band they manage to balance tendencies to sound big (horns, strings, lots of percussion) while showing restraint and respect for their songs. Moments like “Wandering Eyes,” which start the new record, have an almost Arcade Fire-ish tenacity to them, but they avoid the mistake of trying to sound overly anthemic. There’s thoughtfulness to these songs, and an overall uplifting aura that engages easily. They have a good grasp on their pop sensibilities, which is clear on the snappy “Heartbeat” and “The Glow.” And they’re not afraid to scale it back, and simplify things for impact as they due on the spaciously, gorgeous “Change.”
Kopecky Family Band is really about chemistry. While Gabe Simon and Kelsey Kopecky may be the two voices that front the band, it’s really about how well all six of these players come together. It’s clear that playing together for several years now, and cultivating their sound has paid-off with Kids Raising Kids. This album is an introduction for many folks to the Kopecky Family Band, and it’s a first impression most are happy to make.
With two EPS under their belt and a relentless touring schedule, the Kopecky Family Band has earned a ton of critical acclaim, including winning over NPR music critic Bob Boilen, and countless amounts of fans across the US. The band was selected by Paste Magazine to play their infamous SXSW showcase as well as appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapaollza and Austin City Limits. This year also saw Kopecky Family Band co-headline a US tour with Grammy nominated label mates The Lumineers.
The band’s debut full-length Kids Raising Kids has been described by Paste Magazine as “encapsulating their hometown of Nashville: emergent, vibrant, and deeply rooted in a musical background that creates a truly distinctive character.” The review went on to say “Just as their city has come a long way the LP arrives as a culmination of years of hard work for Kopecky Family Band. From the sounds of it, Kids Raising Kids may be the first big step towards an ever-rising future.”
Kids Raising Kids is available now via iTunes Canada. The track “Are You Listening” is also featured on the 2012 Dine Alone Holiday sampler: http://dinealonerecords.com/sampler/
Kids Raising Kids TRACKLISTING
Are You Listening
She is the One
Upcoming Tour Dates:
01.14 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
01.15 – New Orleans, LA – Hi Ho Lounge
01.16 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
01.17 – Bryan, TX – Grand Stafford Theater
01.18 – Fort Worth, TX – Lolla’s Saloon
01.19 – Austin, TX – The Parish
01.21 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
01.23 – Ames, IA – The Maintenance Shop
01.24 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
01.25 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
01.26 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
01.27 – Indianapolis, IN – Do317 Lounge
01.28 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
01.30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
02.01 – Boston, MA – Club 939 At Berklee
02.02 – Philadelphia, PA – Milk Boy
02.05 – Washington, DC – DC9
02.06 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
02.07 – Jamestown, NC – Turntable
02.09 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge