Sitting in the basement of Schuba's eating Chipotle and chatting it up with the seven members of The Kopecky Family Band.
Their safe word:
(Discussing amongst each other...)
'Are they fighting each other?
You could program a robot to be a dinosaur...'
What is the strangest venue you have ever played?
Kelsey: Oh, definitely a wedding, where we played Butterfly Kisses. (Gabe follows with a lovely sample...)
How did you all begin? Influences:
Gabe: Kelsey and I started the band. We played our first show at a school sponsored clothing store.
Kelsey: Gabe and I met through mutual friends in college, I invited a group of people over for game night; I heard Gabe play the guitar and I was like, I want to play music with this guy. We started writing together on Halloween, and finished our first EP in a week.
Gabe: Influences: Cake, Menomena, Pedro the Lion, James Taylor, Radiohead...
Corey: When I was in middle school I was into hard core music. Now I am more into Modest Mouse, anything with mice in the name.
Most memorable concert you have ever attended?
Gabe: Radiohead, Steve and I share a birthday, and we went to see them live.
Steve: Yeah, that had to be one of the best shows I have seen.
Some tour Guide Essentials:
Gabe: Well we had our trailer stolen, so we can't bring a whole lot, so now it is basically two buckets and two benches, so it is all ass to ankles right now.
Worst advice you have ever been given?
Markus: We were told to get rid of three or four of our members, because we would never make it with seven.
If you could say only one word, what would it be?
(Collectively at first there were many beeps, boops and finally they decided upon a clever form of communication. SOS.)
All: Morse Code...
Can you dance? Any hidden talents:
Gabe: (motioning to Corey) Can this guy dance!? I spun him on gravel, he is a trooper though, for being so delicate, we call him Baby spoon and Bread crumb, two of the many nicknames Corey has acquired.
Corey: I like Bread Crumb the best I think.
Gabe: Hidden talents? I can pack the van really well. And Marcus can smoke A LOT of cigarettes.
(Marcus sort of shrugs, I ask him what kind he smokes, Marlboro Menthol Mediums)
What can we expect from you guys in the future?
A lot more music, We have a split seven inch coming out February fourth, and we are doing SXSW. We'll be around as long as we are playing music and being friends.
Have a listen and FALL IN LOVE with their melodies.
From their album "The Disaster"
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Oh and did I mention they put on an incredible live show!? Here is a little taste...