Copper & Glass might just become your new favorite local band.
Mixing rock, country and soul, Copper & Glass is a relatively new band with an old soul -- and a bit of Fresno music history on its side.
The band -- Jc Babb (vocals/guitars), Mike Morris (pedal steel guitar/keys), Taylor Hollman (lead guitar/mandolin), Erik Escovedo (bass) and Corey Dobbins (drums) -- features two members of pioneering Fresno indie rock band Atari Champ (Morris and Dobbins).
The band is holding an album release party on Saturday night at Audie's Olympic, 1426 N. Van Ness Ave. with Doc's Holiday and Lance Canales & The Flood. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets cost $5-$7.
We talked to Babb to learn more about the band, its sound and Saturday's concert.
How did Copper & Glass come to be? A few years back, while working as an electrician in Sacramento, I had seriously considered giving up music but some friends and family encouraged me to keep writing. Copper & Glass pairs much of the resulting material with the good fortune of having developed a great friendship with the brilliant Mike Morris (former guitar player for Atari Champ), who helped me develop the instrumentation and general sound of our band. The rest of the band just sort of fell into place, one guy after another.
Describe your style of music. Who are you influences? We've been compared to everyone from Marshall Tucker Band to Ryan Adams to Ray LaMontagne -- a little bit country, a little bit soul and a little bit rock 'n' roll. Our influences are pretty broad. The bands I just mentioned are close to my heart, but interestingly enough, the rest of the guys draw from influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Death Cab for Cutie to B.W. Stevenson.
What do you think Copper & Glass' sound shows us about the band members, given your indie rock roots? Our sound really showcases our maturation as musicians and as people. If you had told me back in 2002 that a metal-head, three emo-kids, and an indie rocker/breakdancer would find themselves in a country/soul/rock band in 2012, I'm not sure I would have believed you.
You've said the band has been gaining momentum. What's been happening? When we played "Great Day," after, the producer told us we were one of the best bands they'd ever had on the show. A couple in Hanford told us we were literally the best band they'd ever seen play live. One well-known writer compared us to Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers and indicated that our songwriting would make Bob Dylan jealous. We know we're not going to be everyone's favorite band, but so far we've been very well-received.
What's the story behind the band's name? Most people have heard "I think, therefore I am," but most people don't know it was the French philosopher Rene Descartes who said it. In his search for some sort of verifiable truth, he made this observation: "After all, it is possible I may be mistaken; and it is but a little copper and glass, perhaps, that I take for gold and diamonds." That has stuck with me my whole life.
What should people expect from your CD release party this weekend? A freaking fun show! Lance Canales & the Flood is just so good. Doc's Holiday is a treat. But our band has poured everything into this show. You are going to hear some great songwriting and see a dynamic performance ranging from acoustic heartbreakers that will make you wish you'd brought the pocket tissues to absolutely epic guitar rock.
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