Copper with Kite Fight and A House Safe for Tigers
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Once a trailblazing name in the mid – ‘90s emocore scene, Copper embraced a blend of alternative / indie / power pop that targeted the heart as well as the head. In 1993, Copper emerged from Buffalo, NY’s hardcore music scene toting Meaghan Phillips on vocals, Sam Falbo (guitar / vocals), Joe Lucca (guitar), Garrett Klahn (bass / vocals), and Tim Turcott (drums). By 1995, Garrett Klahn had left the group to start Texas is the Reason, making room for bass player, Steve Mack, to join the group.
The band’s influence widened considerably with 1995’s Drag Queen – an album that has since emerged as a landmark of the emo genre – it was the band’s follow – up to their self – titled 7” on the Equal Vision Records label. After going their separate ways in early 1996, Copper remained a league above the generation of emocore torch – bearers they helped spawn.
Scott Dressler (vocals and baritone guitar), Steve Kabza (guitar), and Tim Turcott (drums). While currently based in Philadelphia, these three musicians have contributed to the independent music scene of Buffalo, NY since 1990 as members of Copper, The Exit Strategy, Failures Union, Kite Eating Tree, Snapcase, and others. Their goal is simple: deliver music that is worth listening to.
A House Safe for Tigers
Indie duo A House Safe for Tigers has released its second full length through Headless Actor Records entitled “Space Between.” Borrowing their name from an obscure Lee Hazlewood soundtrack, A House Safe for Tigers has garnered accolades for its reflective, haunting, yet melodic song craft. In theory, the pairing of vocalist/songwriter Mark Costantino and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Delmont shouldn't work. The two musicians come from seemingly disparate backgrounds. Costantino’s best known previous group, The Exit Strategy, earned praise for it’s raw, post-hardcore recordings and sweat soaked like performances. In its review, Pitchfork singled out Costantino’s vocals for “adding a youthful, spirited feel to the tracks.” Meanwhile Delmont earned his stripes as the drummer for Mercury Rev side project Odiorne, a synth-heavy, symphonic rock group that recorded with famed producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse, MGMT). Rubbing elbows with a producer described by Mojo as a “sonic visionary” clearly paid off for Delmont. After his tenure in Odiorne, Delmont opened 85 Charleston Studios in Buffalo, NY, and began lending his skills to new projects. Delmont’s ear for dreamy, ambient arrangements soon became his calling card and can be clearly heard in A House Safe for Tigers. While difficult to categorize, the music recalls the chamber pop of the High Llamas, the ethereal other-worldliness of Spiritualized, and the melancholia of Luna.
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