Release: March 1, 2011
Dublin, Ireland natives, Kopek, are finally about to release their highly anticipated debut album, White Collar Lies. The trio’s inaugural album is an 11 track dose of understated modern rock brilliance, packed with energy and angst. The band have been building a name for themselves since the late 90’s and the dozen years of writing and performing shines through on White Collar Lies. While much of Europe has been blessed to hear the band’s pared down rock and roll sound, the U.S. is only now catching the buzz.
The album leads off with their second single, “Cocaine Chest Pains,” a groovy, gritty rocker, that reminds one of collision between Buckcherry and Velvet Revolver. The song appears in the SAW 3D movie soundtrack.
Next up is the mellow and melodic title track which sneaks up on the listener, and by the chorus you discover your body swaying with the song’s rhythms. “Tell me white collar lies…” sings vocalist/guitarist Daniel Jordan.
Throughout the album, Jordan blends his voice perfectly with bassist Brad Kinsella, a mixture that lights up the song, “Fever.”
Drummer Shane Cooney pushes the album’s debut single “Love Is Dead,” over the edge. The dynamics between each members individual contributions spin together in a vortex of modern rock with a classic flair. “Love Is Dead,” also appears on the Saw 3D soundtrack.
One of the album’s strongest tracks, and a single in the making, is “Floridian.” A love song with a twist.
“Sub Human” rolls out with a swampy, bluesy, Cajun flavor, before those Irish voices layer in. “And the watchers keep on watching, and the doers keep on doing it to me, and we’re supposed to be human…” This is one of several tunes on the album with something of a dark brooding feel to it, along with “Love Sick Blues, “The Easy One,” and “Bigger Than Us All.” The latter of which has recalls the better works of the Goo Goo Dolls.
Kopek is masterful at bringing nuances to life, and making atmosphere elemental to their music. Their sound is full, and beyond what one expects of a trio. Major props go to the production team of Glenn Herlihy, and Tom Lord-Alge.
White Collar Lies is one of the strongest, most complete rock albums to come out in a while, and you’d be remiss to overlook this epic debut from an accomplished and outstanding new talent.