For the third time this year, I saw Kopecky Family Band live in Philly, and each time they sound better and better, continuing to amaze me with their melodies and energy. Tuesday night’s show at Milkboy coincided with the release of their debut full-length, Kids Raising Kids, an album so good that I literally ran from the end of a show at PhilaMOCA to make sure I didn’t miss a single moment of KFB’s set. The thought of missing a possible set-opening “My Way” was too horrific to just walk leisurely, and luck was on my side as I arrived seconds before the band kicked off the show with “The Glow” (“My Way” came two songs later).
Their debut LP has been a long time coming. The band formed in 2007 and released their first EP, Embraces, the following year. Two more EPs followed in 2010–The Disaster and Of Epic Proportions (the latter being a companion to the former). In the meantime, the Kopecky Family has been winning over fans everywhere they go with a live show that you just can’t ignore. Earlier this year, they went on a co-headlining tour with The Lumineers and stole the show at Johnny Brenda’s (and I’m assuming just about every other show on the tour). Barely over a month later, they were back in Philly on yet another tour, headlining a packed Milkboy on the 1st of June.
The band’s live show has become their bread and butter. Their insane amounts of touring have developed a band that is incredibly in sync with one another—creating a tight, energetic live show that somehow always seems fresh, no matter how tired they may be. They move effortlessly through each song, genuinely having a great time and allowing those in the crowd to loosen up and enjoy it all with them. This doesn’t mean they can’t lay it down in the studio though, which Kids Raising Kids proves without room for much doubt.
With three trips to Philly in 2012 alone, it’s easy to assume it might be a while before the Nashvillians make their way back to the City of Brotherly Love. I hope it’s sooner than I think, but no matter when it is you can bet I’ll be there…hopefully less out of breath next time.
After the show, co-lead singer Gabe Simon played “Howlin’ at the Moon” on the sidewalk outside the venue as a birthday gift to someone who had missed the start of the show. Watch that video here. Below, view pictures from the show by Cassandra Boyce and the setlist.
Kopecky Family Band @ Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA – Tuesday, October 23, 2012
01 The Glow
02 Howlin’ at the Moon
03 My Way
05 Are You Listening?
11 Angry Eyes
12 God + Me