Kopek Talks "White Collar Lies"
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 08:27:16
"We're just getting started," exclaims Kopek singer and guitarist Daniel Jordan.
Kopek's White Collar Lies is one hell of a way to kick things off. On songs like "Sin City" and "Cocaine Chest Pains," the Dublin three-piece forge anthemic arena-ready hooks to rough, raw guitars, making for a sound that's undeniably catchy. White Collar Lies is also just what the genre needs right now—more deadly and dynamic rock 'n' roll. The choruses are there, and the attitude is too. It's a recipe for all kinds of explosiveness…
While touring the U.S., Kopek's Daniel Jordan sat down for an exclusive interview about White Collar Lies, songwriting, and so much more with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino.
Did you have one complete vision for White Collar Lies from start to finish? Or, did it come together song by song?
It came together song by song. There are a few songs that deal with the same kinds of issues, and they tie together like "White Collar Lies," "Subhuman," and "Sin City." Those all come from the same place. As far as having a vision at the start, we did to a degree, but it did come together bit by bit as well. We're really happy with the way it turned out. We wanted to make every song good enough to stand on its own and fit into the package too.
Is one of your goals to conjure visuals with the songs?
Definitely! For us to write a song, we need to feel strongly about it, really want to put that across in the words, show what the song is about clearly, and get people to think a little bit. We want to grab a hold of them and make their minds work on a deeper level than we do most of the time. It's more than just the music. It's greater than the sum of its part.
What's the story behind "Sin City"?
We wrote it a couple years ago. It's about a Utopia city where there's this freedom. You can live how you want to live. It's inspired by Las Vegas as well. That was in our minds too. It's imaginary city where life is a certain way. It seemed to fit at the end. That was definitely the best place for it. It ties it all together and finishes it off. We wanted to bring people through as many different moods and soundscapes as we could, yet they all tie in together as well. That was something we wanted to make sure happened. We didn't want anything standing out like a sore thumb. Even though everything sounds different, I think there's a common thread running through it.
How did the video for "Cocaine Chest Pains" come about?
The song obviously deals with addictions, and we wanted to elaborate on that idea in the video. We wanted to bring in addictions that would be legal, so you've got cigarettes, prescription pills, and all that kind of stuff. We wanted to tie it in and expand on the "Cocaine Chest Pains" idea.
What fosters that visual sensibility in the music? Do you tend to read a lot or watch a lot of movies?
We probably watch more movies than we read. I'm starting to read a lot more on the road now. We draw inspiration from everything and stories we hear. "The Easy (D.B. Cooper)" deals with the D.B. Cooper story. It's about a guy who supposedly was very sick so he arranged to hijack a plane. He got the money loaded on. He stuffed it in two parachutes, and he jumped out of the plane with the money and he was never found. Stories like that can spark your inspiration and get you going. A lot of songs come from talks we have. We think about the best way to convey our feelings through the song and what will suit the music in the best way. It's a process that takes awhile.
If you were to compare this album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I don't think we can really pin it down to one movie. The inspiration is so diverse that it's hard to pin it down to one thing. It's stories. It's things that are happening in the world.
Who's always on your playlist?
We listen to a lot of old bands. We love The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. I was really into Nirvana when I was younger. Radiohead is a band I listen to all the time. Their records are just timeless. They're one of my favorite bands, if not the favorite.
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