The band has been AWOL because theyre pouring all of its energy into a follow-up to its 2012 album, Apocalyptic Behavior. They plan to enter the studio in the next couple of months, and well have the chance to obsessively wear out our copies of their new cassette tape (yes, cassette tape) by the end of the year.
Our main focus right now is getting this album done and getting it put out so everyone can hear the new jams, guitarist Dane Kitchens said.
Theres no doubt that fans are celebrating Copperheads return, but their one-night-only break from voluntary sequestration has a somber purpose. Their good friend Justin Stover recently passed away, and all of the proceeds from the show will go to his parents to cover funeral costs and related expenses.
Copperheads know the importance of friendship, and it has always been a central anchor of the band. They have all been friends for 15 years, and that bond has firmly held them together since they formed in 2009.
Were just a tight group that decided to start playing one day, Kitchens said.
Kitchens and bassist Jesse Sparks are cousins, so they have known each other their entire lives. Vocalist Kyle Vasquez and drummer Andy Escobar are basically family, too.
Were all best friends. Were really like brothers, Kitchens said. We butt heads all the time; were not going to let that get to us. Were just here to have fun. Once we stop having fun, we probably wont do it anymore.
From the outset, Copperheads were known for partying hard after and during the show but that custom eventually created conflict within the band.
Weve stopped getting super wasted at shows. Weve come down a lot. Weve grown up, Kitchens said. Wed be playing shows and forget half the songs, and that would lead to butting heads afterwards. So we decided to tone it down just a little bit, get through the show and have something to be proud of afterwards.
In addition to Apocalyptic Behavior, Copperheads recorded two EPs: a self-titled release and Back to School. In 2011, they split a 7-inch vinyl with The Boom Bang, who found the band on MySpace (back when everyone was on MySpace) and invited them to play shows.
I think The Boom Bang got us our first show, Kitchens said. They were the only ones who knew who we were at the time.
Today, Copperheads have found their own success, something that amazes Kitchens.
Its crazy. We never expected that, he said. Were just writing songs that sound good to us.
He said the new album will be more melodic, more put-together. Also, listen for a new addition: Zach Flowers on keys.
Hey, were not as drunk anymore. Come see us, Kitchens said. We wont fall down onstage.