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EP REVIEW: Cooper the Band - Kings

By: Cyrus Rhodes





Artist: Cooper the Band

Album/EP: Kings
Label: Independent Artist

Genre: Alternative Folk, Pop, Rock

Sounds Like: The Civil Wars, The Head and The Heart, Lady Antebellum
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: More than you Could Know, Giants, Stay, Don’t Go
Weakness: Winded Songs


NOTE: 10 star rating are reserved only for Full Length CD releases..   



Nashville, Tennessee based Indie Folk-Christian band "Cooper The Band" just released their debut release entitled Kings in 2012. The title Kings is based on the life of David from the Bible, telling the story in an accessible and modern day setting. Influences cited are Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay and Gungor.


The CD kicks things off with “Something Less” a peaceful intro piece that serves up upbeat Americana rock groove with driving rock rhythms meshed with an infectious vocal harmonies that flow and ebb their way through to emotional fruition. I especially like how this piece builds towards the grand slam chorus. Track 2 “”Find You Your own Way Home” dishes out yet another solid track with heartfelt vocal delivery, methodical intro and thought provoking lyrical content. Track 3 “More than you Can Know” serves up an amazing ballad featuring additional vocals from Kendall Young with impressive musical build and a dramatic finale. The EP makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 rock solid songs in a row. As the EP unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic: The Civil Wars, The Head and The Heart, Lady Antebellum, James Vincent McMorrow. Right from the start you will notice Brown and company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice Alternative-Folk-Rock feel to it. The bands playing is rock solid across the board as they dish out impressive things like well placed Piano, Violin, Cello, Mandolin Ukulele, impressive guitar ambience, rock solid rhythm section and impressive vocal harmonies. Equally as impressive is the singing tandems of Brown and Young as they both take several vocal risks throughout the CD indicating a strong and confident vocal collaboration and ability. Both clearly makes the (singer to listener) vocal connection with his singing. From striking “Giants" to Track 5 “Stay, Don’t Go” the perfect finale statement for an EP of this caliber.


All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I also typically deduct ! star for EP releases as the Full Length release is the ultimate musical statement to judge a band or artist.


Kings by “Cooper the Band” is a solid musical teaser. Song for song, note for note it has a passionate feel to it. It’s strong suit – the song for song rock solid consistency and amazing vocal presence of Brown/Young. I see them as a Diamond in the rough with much in the way of potential. I can’t wait to hear the Full Length release - hopefully later this Summer

Cyrus Rhodes