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Knox Hamilton stops at Subterranean for brief spring tour

By Kendall Polidori, Staff Reporter

The “Beach Boys of Little Rock” hit the road for a five-destination mini tour with Brother Moses during the last week of March.

Knox Hamilton, comprised of Boots Copeland, Cobo Copeland, Drew Buffington and Brad Pierce, has played its alternative, indie pop-rock music  since 2010, signing a deal with record label Prospect Park in 2014.

The band made its first stop of the tour in Chicago March 26 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., and spoke with The Chronicle about their music and future plans.

THE CHRONICLE: What was your goal when forming the band?

BOOTS COPELAND: We all met in church, so we started playing music together. We didn’t want to play praise and worship music; we wanted to start our own alternative thing. Our goal was to put out music we enjoyed and we wished was being written at the time.

How would you describe your music?

It’s energetic, but it’s also not hard rock. It’s not superpop, so it’s kind of right in between, in the sweet spot.

What is your process of creating music?

We usually start with the music or melody. We write to the way the music feels.

Why did you decide to go on this mini tour, and how did you choose the venues?

This is a tour [in which] we are revisiting places we have played recently. It’s about getting back out and playing live music for people we thought would come back out to the shows. We have played Chicago quite a bit, and Nashville, so it is places we enjoy playing and where people seem to enjoy us playing.

Can you tell us a little bit about your most recent EP?

Beach Boy” is a really old song. We had a lot of people who wanted to hear the song again because it had been taken off the music domains where we had it up. We revamped it and we had three or four songs we wanted to release with it. It wasn’t really a theme, it was just that we had those songs ready and wanted to release “Beach Boy” for the day-one fans, so [we made] the collection.

What can fans expect in the future?

We hope to release a new single in May at the latest. Following that, every month or month and a half, we are going to release a bunch of singles in a row as opposed to making people wait down the road for an EP.

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