Slowly but surely the major Web companies are becoming important players in the entertainment industry. Case in point: the Atlanta band Copeland, currently on tour supporting Bob Mould, begins a headlining tour next month (with Daphne Loves Derby, Melee, and The Spill Canvas) playing ballroom-size venues like the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and they owe part of their recent notoriety to their victory in Yahoo!’s monthly “Who’s Next” competition.
“We felt honored to join the company of some really great bands that have won in the past,” says front man Aaron Marsh, and it is pretty lofty company that includes As I Lay Dying, Relient K, and My Chemical Romance.
Copeland layers crunchy, fuzzed-out guitars, well-crafted melodies, and Marsh’s feathery falsetto into multi-part arrangments which, at times, approach an unselfconscious form of progressive rock. With both youthful appeal and interesting music, the band should be a pleasing discovery for Mould’s typically somewhat older fans.
Copeland’s headlining tour begins Oct. 9 in Minneapolis. A full tour itinerary can be found at their website here.