“Kopper’s recently released double A-side of ‘Fake It’ and ‘How Can You Be Sure?’ is a hard driven mass of exuberance…”
“It’s conviction that saves this, again and again, through the only-just-slightly too over-touched sheen of its 80s hair-glam rawk production…”
“Never once in this album did I predict direction and for that, if no more, it’s a pleasure.”
“Ever wondered what 80’s cock rock and hair metal had in common with Meatloaf and Slade? Ever thought you might want that kick back to the past without old vinyl crackle or (gasp….) tribute gigs? Then this album is your chance to answer those questions and maintain ACDC sized pride.”
“Play everything loud or don’t play it at all is the mantra throughout the LP, the result is a set of teased stop/start releases that attack and pull back and assault…”
‘Dark Times’ is seething, exhausting, exhilarating. A rush of relentless raw pressure.
What could have brought this new album to life and what’s behind the eyes of Mr Richard ‘Kid’ Strange?
“To the labels, the artists, the indies, the late night keyboard warriors, the shy bedroom writers that sent out their first tracks….”
Music from UK, US and NL, to here now and onto your playlists…
“Arterial crushing and bubblegum throb. Babydoll fibres and kinderwhore punk. The tenderised splendour of gristle and sinew… It leaks like a slick oil from sweat-sullied pores”
“In gentler moments we’re folk psychedelic, loose and unwound, almost gentle. For the rest there’s a network of reincarnations; Black Flag, Queens Of The Stoneage, Fugazi, Shellac…You can almost hear the dirt of the Desert Sessions calling amongst all the gumption and grit.”