Returning to Nashville for the third time this year (after claiming no tour plans upon reuniting last fall for a new album – but hey, you won’t catch us complaining), beloved indie rockers Copeland sure seem to be properly reunited. This marks their first true headlining touring since going on hiatus more than half a decade ago, and, for it, they’ve enlisted perfectly well-matched Texas indie pop group Eisley to co-headline. Tickets for the tour’s stop tonight, Nov. 5 at Cannery Ballroom, which also features openers We Are the City, are still available here! Read on for more on the lineup!
Late last year, Florida indie rockers Copeland sprung back to life after an extended hiatus, with news of a long-awaited fifth album, Ixora. At the time, the band, who had moved on to other projects and are now spread across different cities (including Nashville), seemed unable to tour, plotting only a handful of one-off shows, including a very incredible outing at Mercy Lounge back in February. Well, that handful of shows turned into a supporting tour with Paramore (which also stopped in Nashville), and, now, Copeland seem to have changed their tune in regards to touring (influenced, no doubt, by tremendous fan response), embarking on this, their first proper headlining run in over five years which, you guessed it, returns them to Music City. Fronted by Aaron Marsh, Copeland formed nearly 15 years ago, and picked up critical and commercial traction with their 2005 sophomore effort In Motion. Combining soaring melodies, rock and roll bite, indie pop sensibilities, and deeply personal, earnest lyricism, the group have maintained a cult following, even in their absence, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them back. They’re a live force to be reckoned with, and one you might not get a chance to see again for awhile (three shows in a year is a lot, you know). Don’t miss this one.
A quick and important explanation for longtime fans of Eisley: while the Texas group have spent nearly twenty years as a family band, made up of four siblings and their cousin, life and circumstance has altered the lineup a bit in recent months. Best we can tell, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sherri DuPree Bemis will still serve as the face of the band, and drummer and bassist Weston and Garron DuPree will still be present. However, subbing for guitarist Chauntelle DuPree D’Agostino and vocalist/keyboardist Stacy DuPree King will be sister (and Merriment frontwoman) Christie DuPree, as well as Elle Puckett and Shealeen Puckett of Nashville’s own Poema.
Active since 1997, Eisley have been releasing amazing albums now for a decade. Following an explosive early bout of hype, the band faced a slight setback with a complicated major label dispute, but returned to the indie world for recent releases such as 2012’s Deep Space EP and 2013’s Currents, which showcased a liberated, renewed focus and some of the strongest songwriting of the group’s career. Haunting, hypnotic, harmon-laden, and with an unparalleled knack for crafting smart, lingering hooks laced with deeply personal lyrics, Eisley are one of the most criminally under-appreciated bands in existence. Their live show is practically flawless, breathing to life the nuances and emotional depth of their music. While it may be hard to see a different incarnation of a long-running group, they’ll still be playing the same songs you know and love (and, possibly, some new ones from their forthcoming release), backed by some capable new players.
WE ARE THE CITY
A bit more progressive and experimental than the rest of the bill, Canada’s We Are the City channel a keyboard-driven and catchy sound that’ll surely warm up the room in perfect fashion. Over six years and three great full-lengths, they’ve developed a cult following, and seem to boast the same lyrical and sensibilities and base of influences and Copeland and Eisley.
Copeland, Eisley, and We Are the City will perform tonight, Nov. 5 at Cannery Ballroom. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $20.