Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are proud to being you an interview with rugged & bass-led rock band, Copper Bones! You read our review of their debut album, Exhibit A here!
1. So how did Copper Bones first get going? What was it like when you first started out? What challenges did you first face?
Ryan’s old band “My Hotel Year” decided to have a reunion show in September 2015. The idea was to have the members current bands open up the show. We had already been jamming as a guitar/drum duo but it just never sounded full enough. So the main challenge for us in the beginning was to figure out how to work as 2 piece and be just as heavy as a 3 or 4 piece.
Eventually, Ryan figured out a setup where he would play a bass instead of a guitar and split the signal which enabled him to play the guitar and bass parts at the same time or each independently. It changed everything for us. We wrote 8 songs in a 3 month time period which gave us enough songs to play the show. We had so much fun that we decided to keep it going. We wrote 2 more songs and recorded our first album, “Exhibit A”.
2. Has releasing your music for free made it easier to get more people to listen? Where do you stand on YouTube/streaming services?
We certainly hope it’s easy to listen to and get a hold of. The music industry isn’t the same as it was when we were younger. We’re still figuring things out as we go. We were charging for downloads when we first released the album. After taking a step back we realised that a majority of people will either find it for free on a file sharing site or listen via streaming services.
So we decided to make it as easy as we possibly could for people to have access to the album. We even took it a step further and we now offer our CD for free at our shows. We are big fans of using streaming services to listen to music. We both use Spotify on a regular basis. We’ve made the album available online to anyone that would take it. We’re even on Pandora now. We’re all for it!
3. Do you enjoy playing live? Have you been to the UK yet?
Anyone that comes see us play live can tell that we are just having the best time while we’re on stage. We’ve known each other for over 20 years and it is just amazing to be able to perform on a regular basis with one of your closest friends. As of now, Copper Bones have not been outside of Florida let alone travelled to the UK. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback on Instagram from UK fans. We’d love to play there!
4. What do you like to do when you’re not making music?
Hang out with family and friends.
5. What is next for Copper Bones?
More live shows and eventually write a follow-up album. The live shows have slowed the writing process down but we’re determined to make it happen sooner than later. The most important thing is that we have fun with whatever we do and we are certainly accomplishing that.