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Recap: Kopecky Family Band with The Eastern Sea @ Milkboy

Photo by Cassandra Boyce

The third time was a charm for Kopecky Family Band, as they visited Milkboy for the third time in eight months and finally sold it out. And for the third time in a row, they had excellent opening support. Last June, it was MyNameIsJohnMichael. In October, it was Juston Stens & the Get Real Gang. Last night, it was The Eastern Sea. Hailing from the crowded indie scene of Austin, Texas, The Eastern Sea draw influences from the likes of The National and Broken Social Scene but somehow manage to sound original. They turned in a great set that actually seemed to hold most of the crowd’s attention—not an easy task for an opening band.

Kopecky followed The Eastern Sea after a lengthy delay due to technical difficulties. It was just another problem to be solved for a band that is used to putting out fires due to their road warrior mentality. On this particular night, Kelsey Kopecky had laryngitis and could barely sing, but took the stage anyway and tried to power through it. The band may have been better off letting co-lead singer Gabe take over all of Kelsey’s parts (she was mostly inaudible throughout the night), but she gets an A for effort—as do the other five members of the band, who all stepped up and helped salvage what could have been a train wreck.

It was not the best show they have ever played, or even the best show they have ever played at Milkboy, but it offered an appreciation for a band that always gives one hundred and ten percent no matter what is working against them. Their hard work has begun to pay off, with their years of non-stop touring leading to bigger and bigger crowds and their debut LP Kids Raising Kids (stream it here) winning over new fans every day.

All photos by Cassandra Boyce

Kopecky Family Band @ Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA – February 2, 2013
01 The Glow
02 Birds
03 My Way
04 Wandering Eyes
05 Are You Listening
06 Ella
07 Casualty
08 She’s the One
09 Hope
10 Howlin’ at the Moon
11 Heartbeat
12 Angry Eyes

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