Last night was interesting. As I stood amongst a crowd that wasn't that different from another tour I attended earlier this year, I felt like I was staring into the once was the past's future. Does that make sense? Neither did Donnie Darko if you think about it, but it was like one of those wormhole moments. From the lack of tour buses, members doing their own merch and approachable behavior that so many of the artists had last night, it was very reminiscent of time when there were 200 person rooms as opposed to 800 person sold out shows.
Deas Veil took the stage first and put their all into all into a set packed with songs from their latest album, Birds and Cages, and held the crowd to something new. They seemed like the perfect fit for the tour's opener as well. As Copeland are moving through the out door, it looks as though the band has great potential to move in as Copeland fans' new favorite band.
Before the show, I had a chance to talk with Kenny Vasoli of Person L. Songwriting has begun for a new LP, but he and the band are in the process of working on an EP that seems very interesting. The idea is to go a bit lo-fi and use not only common objects to build instrumentally, but use lo-fi recording techniques as well. He hopes to have that EP out by the end of the year. The band took the stage, and Vasoli was beyond into it. Growth is a beautiful thing. As much as I stood there and went, "This is the same guy who wrote Say it Like You Mean It?" for Vasoli to move forward and have it work, it's almost like you have to grow with him.
Ace Enders took the stage with his sister on keys and started with two older I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business songs before moving into The World We Know tracks. In our interview, there seemed to be a bit more pressure revolved around the Million Different People project, and if The World We Know seems more fluid and natural to Enders fans, then there's a reason for its comfortable feel. I remember the constant spin of the self-titled in high school, and ending the night's set with "Whispering" was perfect and gave a nostalgic chill.
Copeland took the stage to a crowd wading in anticipation and reflection. For many of us, we think back to the first time we heard the opening piano on "Brightest" (which the band came back to encore with), or how each album wasn't what we wanted with more of the last, but still gave into how good they individually were in the end. As the crowd gave the echo of "suitcase" on "The Day I Lost My Voice," it was a ceremony for a fallen idol amongst artists and fans everywhere. Copeland will certainly end up as one of those influential bands with a catalog diversely talked about amongst fans with "favorites" and "personal attachments" to each song and album. As the band ended their encore with "You Have My Attention," it was a fitting ending, as I believe the band could feel the remorse in the room while the fans held onto one last moment in our nostalgic memories.