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Bid Farewell to Copeland

March 5th, 2010


Copeland will play The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (this is sold out) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday as part of the emo indie-pop rockers’ last-ever tour. Just a few months ago, the members of the loosely Christian band announced that they felt Copeland had run its course and were breaking up amicably.

Copeland, above, playing “You Have My Attention,” burst onto the scene in 2003 with its acclaimed debut album, Beneath Medicine Tree, released on the well-regarded independent label the Militia Group. Starting with this album, and continuing up until its most recent, You Are My Sunshine, released on Tooth & Nail, Copeland’s name has been synonymous with sweet, loving and powerfully melodious songs. Recent press has touted the sounds on You Are My Sunshine as the band’s most mature, intricate and darkest to date.

On this last trek, Copeland has brought along genre cohorts I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business and Person L. Both groups are side projects of former Drive-Thru Records bands that have become each frontman’s main work. The Early November’s Ace Enders is the man behind ICMAMLNB, which hasn’t released an album in six years due to Enders’ involvement in other projects. ICMAMLNB’s The World We Know, out later this month, is 40 minutes of nonstop music, a product of Enders’ desire to create a work in entirety and not just songs strung together. Person L is the current project of former the Starting Line singer Kenny Vasoli. Its current album, The Positives, released in November, has been receiving rave reviews for its mature prog-rock-y and ethereal sounds. —Kirsten Housel