Copenhagen Collaboration (CopCol) is a collaborative project involving a group of bands, all based in … well, Copenhagen! Home of Hans Christian Andersen, the free town Christiania, a million bikes, a harbour area, where you can swim during the summer, the hundred fifty year old amusement park Tivoli, and and and …
The CopCol bands are: CODY, Hellraiserten, Sleep Party People, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Before The Show, Monkey Cup Dress, From Sarah, You.You.You. and Stærosaurus.
Though connected to different genres and record labels there is a common denominator: The members of the bands belong to a big group of friends, who really like eachother, playing and writing music and exploring music and arts outside of our little circle. A lot of the people involved just started playing in one of the bands, but quickly figured out that being in one band really meant buying into the whole family.
With the CopCol we wish to take our already existing collaborations a step further by putting a name on it, setting up a blog, printing a nice T-shirt, spreading the word and the vibe and hopefully sharing a lot of interesting music, opinions and ideas with all of you!
The virtues of individualism have had their fair share of praise, now we think it’s time for some oldskool community-coop-family-feeling.
What to expect here: A blog that’s not just about us! We write about whatever we find interesting: good live shows, new or old releases, other artistic experiences … or eachother.
CopCol consists of:
With hushed, melancholic, yet vital and out-going melodies, CODY has made their own trademark on the alternative country scene. Playing numerous shows in and outside their native Denmark, including what many punters and critics stated as one of the best concerts at the Roskilde Festival in 2009, CODY has gained a lot more attention and a bigger fan base than anyone had expected from a collective of musicians from Copenhagen playing alternative country. CODY was invited to support acts like Black Francis (2007), The National (2008), Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (2008) and Tindersticks (2010). Link: Website
Alcoholic Faith Mission
The name of the band is inspired by a glowing neon sign outside Apostolic Faith Mission in Brooklyn. As with religion, the band became a collective for a whole bunch of friends playing and making music together in different constellations. The result has been three full length albums and several tours in both Europe and North America. Now down to a steady five-piece, Alcoholic Faith Mission play indie electronica often compared to bands like Broken Social Scene and Bon Iver.
Monkey Cup Dress
Monkey Cup Dress is a duo writing and performing songs that emanate simplistic joy and moving melancholy. Sidse Holte and Line Felding draw on a broad spectrum of musical inspiration. The music has references to both alternative jazz and folk and to 90’ies female rock. That being said, the core idea of the band is that there are no rules and that every musical idea is welcome, as long as it’s performed with maximum transparency and with the simplest means. The minimalistic and honest style stays distinctly Monkey Cup Dress. Dynamics is a key word. Compositions and lyrics range from powerful expressivity to naïvistic harmony and mellow thoughtfulness. Melodic charm and lyrical bittersweetness go hand in hand. The ladies work at the moment on their debut album, soon to be released. Link: Website
HellraiserTen is a Copenhagen-based duo formed about 5 years ago. HellraiserTen is Jonas Djernes and Jacob Høegh HellraiserTen commits slow bedroom-like songs containing minor chords, analog synths and hints of electronica. HellraiserTen released the debut album in the winter of 2008 on Quatermain Records. HellraiserTen is currently working on their sophomore release.
Sleep Party People
Sleep Party People is the bedroom project of Brian Batz from Denmark. With an old drum machine, a piano and a guitar, Sleep Party People creates a unique dreamlike universe where almost every sound is treated and effects tinge every sonic colour. The result is not like anything you’ve ever heard.
You.You.You. is a new three-piece electronic band from Copenhagen, Denmark. Centered around bedroom-producer Rasmus Poulsen’s lyrics and vocals, You.You.You. is an electronic cocktail of dance-inspired techno, dubstep, edgy pop and dark Scandinavian melancholy. You.You.You. has a personal and emotional approach to electronic dance music, that draws on influences from the likes of M83, Moderat and James Blake. The three band members Rasmus, Jonas Kristiansen and Morten Øhlenschlæger are currently working on new material for a debut expected out in early 2012.
Before The Show
Before the Show is a band hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark. They’ve just finished recording their debut album consisting of 9 edgy, psychedelic and soulful pieces of rock music and they now set out to conquer any curious ear and blackened heart.
Roaring like bird and singing like a dinosaur, Stærosaurus makes music of little grace but plenty of heart. Mostly it’s in the gentle lo-fi department next to bands like Iron & Wine or Eels – but once in a while reaching a more up-beat pace with the help of a hand clap and a jangly guitar. All Stærosaurus lyrics are in Danish, but for those who do not speak it; know that they’re mostly about love. And politics. And growing old. And having night mares. And going to the country side in the weekend. And pacifism. And casual violence. And religion. And drinking..Being relatively slow, Stærosaurus has so far only released one EP of six songs but another is on it’s way as you read this.