Kopecky Family Band – “Howlin’ at the Moon”
We first ran into the Kopecky Family Band this March at SXSW. The band performed bright and early during KUT’s downtown live series at the Hilton Hotel. This “Family Band” isn’t actually made up of relatives, but the way their harmonies intermingle, you wouldn’t be surprised if they’d been singing together since they were kids.
The six-piece hails from Nashville and began as a pair of musicians in a practice room at Belmont University just wanting to make some music (in fact, a few members are still working on their degrees from Belmont). Partly because they employ a pretty extensive string section (and the fact that they’re a huge band), they garner comparisons to Montreal indie giants Arcade Fire.
Late last year, the Kopecky Family Band released a digital-only EP called Of Epic Proportions. Keyboardist and vocalist (and visual artist) Kelsey Kopecky designed a screen print poster to go along with the digital release. “Howlin’ at the Moon” is the first track from the EP and certainly showcases the band’s intricate-yet-catchy approach to song-craft.
You can check out this recent performance over at NPR as part of their Tiny Desk Concert series. And if you’re in the middle-of-nowhere Tennessee area (read: Manchester, TN) for the Bonnaroo Music Festival this weekend, you can see the band perform on Thursday and again on Friday.