Knox who? The group of Southern boys from Little Rock, Arkansas took the name from an old, thrift store yearbook and they managed to “Set It on Fire” with their debut album, The Heights. The brothers, Boots and Cobo Copeland, formed Knox Hamilton in 2010 before signing a deal with Prospect Park in 2014. Their rise into the indie pop world began when their single, “Work It Out”, was featured on Alt Nation. Knox Hamilton is aiming to gain more exposure this spring by touring with Colony House and Fenech-Soler in addition to gigs at SXSW and festivals alongside Young the Giant and The Head and the Heart.
Citing Phoenix, Foster the People, Coldplay, The Killers, and Keane as influences, there’s a common, driving, electric force beneath the songs. However, the music still feels homegrown. Bradley Pierce’s uplifting vocals only add to the band’s perfected indie pop sound. While listening, you feel time is at a standstill; every stroke of the guitar and loop of the synth further progresses your thoughts — and your dancing. The sun is kept shining, the skies glow a perpetual blue, and the windows are rolled down, road trip-ready.
The heavy strikes from the drums on the downbeats are contrasted with the interjections by guitar riffs and vocals on the upbeats. This helps cultivate that beloved dance-rock aura. These relaxed guitar riffs, rhythmic drum beats, foot-tapping bass lines, and vivacious vocals are blended to a tee and are showcased in virtually every song.
Knox Hamilton doesn’t stray too far stylistically from song to song. The repeated rhythms and vocals give their new album vibrant overtones, but no juxtaposition. However, this is nothing to fret over; the two Copeland brothers have mastered a solid, collective sound for their first album. And more importantly, we can’t get enough of it. For fans of COIN and Vinyl Theatre, Knox Hamilton and their debut album, The Heights, is for you and your dance moves.