Kopecky "Drug of the Modern Age"

Kopecky shortens its name and boosts its sound on its pop-oriented sophomore release.

If time travel were possible I could slip Kopecky’s Drug of the Modern Age onto a 1986 playlist and no one would be the wiser for it. You might notice a bit less synthesizer and a tad more acoustic instrumentation in your walkman, but not enough to shake you out of your Air Jordans.  

It’s clear the Nashville sextet is modifying not just its sound but also its image. Formerly called The Kopecky Family Band, the name is shortened and snappier. Likewise, the music is streamlined, shearing away the more organic elements and replacing them with pop sheen. Still, this band is anchored by strong songwriting and harmonies that shift seamlessly from lead singers Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon

The album’s lyrical focus is relationships, hook-ups, and the expectations and disappointment inherent in the experience. From the punchy “Quarterback” to the synth dance of “My Love” these are tales of vulnerability in the pursuit of connecting to another human. Despite the bigger, shinier sound, the band continues to create intimate moments, from the lies we tell to impress others, to the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive the slings and arrows of dispassionate lovers and the superficialities of life. These songs are delivered with passion and urgency, buoyed by pristine pop melodies.

Kopecky will perform at WYEP’s Summer Music Festival in Shenley Plaza on Saturday, June 27th.

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix)

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