Formerly known as Kopecky Family Band but now shortened to just Kopecky, these Nashville based pop/rockers released their sophomore album in 2015 and it grabbed hold of my ears instantly. Drug For The Modern Age is filled with catchy pop-rock, tracks that should be all over radio if radio really still meant anything or broke deserving new artists. The band obviously has a gift for writing hooks and the vocal interplay between Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon is infectious.
On Drug For The Modern Age, Kopecky just delivers one memorable melody and hook after another. "Die Young" opens things and simmers along only to give way to the insanely addictive "My Love", one of my most played songs of 2015. That chorus is straight out of the handbook on how to write an unforgettable pop tune. It's a fantastic piece of pop-rock but it's far from the only one here. "Vancouver" is every bit its equal and "Natural Selection", "Talk To Me" and "Quarterback" can't be ignored either. As I said, just put this album on and let it play start to finish, there's not a dud amongst the twelve tracks.
"Real Life" is another favorite and screams 80's throwback to me with that beautifully placed saxophone line. And of the three ballads here, "Burnin'" is the highlight with Simon taking the lead on this sultry track. I was not familiar with Kopecky's music before 2015. Part of the excitement of each new year is being introduced to either new artists or bands that are just new to me and Kopecky made such an impression with Drug For The Modern Age, they landed my #9 Album of 2015.
Favorite tracks: "My Love", "Vancouver", "Better Luck Next Time", "Burnin'"
Drug For The Modern Age was released May 18th, 2015 on ATO Records.