Interview with Kopek

Being that you’re all from Ireland, is it nice to be over here in the States for a change?

Shane Cooney: It’s good to come over and see everybody who have been working on the record for the last couple of months. It’s nice to put faces to names.

Daniel Jordan: Yeah, it’s been fun. It’s good.

Nice. Take us back to the start of the band. How did you all meet?

SC: Our bass player Brad [Kinsella] and I lived on the same street towards 14 years of age. I played drums and Brad played bass and we’d practice together on the same road. About a year later we met Dan from another area of Dublin. We started rehearsing and playing. Basically, things took off straight away. We started winning songwriting contests and live contests. It’s a good feeling when at 16 years of age you go into a venue and it’s full of 25-year-olds and you mop the floor with them. You might get a free trip to London or wherever. Obviously we never could connect the dots because we were so young. We’ve been going [for] nearly eight years. Last year we hooked up with our label, Religion, and then we hooked up with our distributor. It’s looking good. Everything’s kicking off.

Cool. At such young ages, you probably hadn’t completely honed your crafts yet.

SC: Yeah, we’ve got some stinkers, but they’re all hidden away in a vault [laughs].

At what point did you decide it was time to start recording your debut album, ‘White Collar Lies’?

SC: When we found a label to pay for it…[laughs]. That’s basically what it is.

Brad Kinsella: It takes a lot of effort and it’s expensive to do anything in music: buy gear, record in studios, do music videos. We kind of fell on our feet. Here we are now. Fingers crossed.

Where was the album recorded — in Ireland?

SC: Yeah, in Ireland, in a county called Wicklow just beside Dublin. Our label has a studio there. It’s one room — a massive room. Kind of like the old recording studios, where they used to have one big room instead of these little rooms all over Hollywood. We had a great time and got it done pretty quick.

Did you guys go into the studio with the songs already written?

DJ: It was a mixture. Some were there from the beginning and weren’t that bad [laughs]. Some were new and some we just wrote in the studio.

BK: We had a good choice of songs to pick from and we did work on them a lot. We improved them. The label gave us enough support to go over the songs.

How is your label, Religion Music, treating you?

DJ: It’s great. The label is in Ireland and it’s kind of smaller so we’re very much involved in everything. We helped produce the record, as well as the videos and artwork.

BK: We get to talk to people instead of just getting messages. It’s good the way it works. We are very involved. Hopefully we can keep it that way.

What kind of sound were you going for on the new record?

SC: We feel like with American radio, every song sounds the same. We didn’t want to sound like that.

BK: These days it seems like you only have two or three good songs on an album. We definitely wanted more than three strong songs. Back in the day, there would be eight good songs on albums. We said at the start, “Let’s try to keep it solid from start to finish.”

DJ: Sound-wise I think we’ve always kind of sounded the same way. It’s a bit more polished now. A lot of bands will follow trends, but we keep our focus. You can’t be following trends.

Especially since that trend might be over the very next day.

DJ: Yeah.

What’s the message behind ‘White Collar Lies’?

SC: I think the overall theme is that the world is lying to you. Everyone’s lying to you — your fucking TV, magazines, even your favorite band — everyone.

BK: It’s a very honest album. Obviously, we want to rock, but we have something to say. We don’t want to be a cheesy band who just rocks; we want to be a little bit intelligent.

Sweet. Good luck with the record!

Pick up Kopek’s debut album, White Collar Lies.

For the band’s tour dates, check out their official Myspace page.