Album Review: White Collar Lies – Kopek
Kopek’s début album was a long time coming home to Irish shores. The Dublin-based band has been together for ten years, initially bonding over a mutual appreciation of both classic and modern rock. Their sound is heavy, with guitar riffs and drum beats leaping out, while elements of grunge interweave through their 12-track album White Collar Lies.
The album, which has just been released in Europe, has already had significant success in the US. They made a name for themselves after winning a prestigious award for Best Live Act at the 2005 Global Battle of the Bands; a substantial prize of $100,000 and a world tour. After this helpful leg-up, a record deal with Religion Music followed allowing them to record their album and spend a further six months touring the US to promote White Collar Lies. The single ‘Cocaine Chest Pains’ reached number 25 on the American rock charts as well as reaching the top 10 in Canada. Their songs were snapped up for the American Reunion and Saw 3D soundtracks, as well as for MTV shows including Punk’d and Jersey Shore. Phew!
It’s no surprise that White Collar Lies received such wide acclaim; there isn’t a bad track on the album. It’s cram-packed with big anthems that make you want to get up and dance. The first single ‘Love Is Dead’ is so catchy and full of gusto it could be the new ‘Killing in the Name Of’.
‘The Easy Way’ has a more sinister tone and really shows off front man Dan Jordan’s impressive vocal range. ‘Cocaine Chest Pains’ shows the band’s ability to weave a story, and ‘Sin City’ paints a hazy picture of urban fury.
‘White Collar Lies’ is an angry political critique, and ‘Running Scared’ draws you in with arm flailing, head banging solidarity.
They slow it down with ‘Sub Human’, a track about questioning it all and what it means to be human, unexpectedly accompanied by a didgeridoo! The tables turn as they launch into the inspirational ‘Bring it On Home’ with fluctuating grunge and blues elements.
The band’s next single for release is ‘Floridian’, out June 22. It’s a textured, low-tempo love song that has already received a lot of airplay in Ireland in recent weeks.
White Collar Lies is a well-produced, impressive debut. It was mixed by Grammy award-winner Tom Lord-Alge who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry – Marilyn Manson, U2, and The Rolling Stones. Having already done so well in the States the scope is wide for the same success here. There’s definitely a niche for a decent new rock band to shake up the music scene, and Kopek could be the ones to do it!
The trio are back in Ireland and gearing up for a tour which will take in the Westport and Fortstock music festivals before they head on to the UK and Norway.