Vocalist Aaron Marsh, 2007
|Origin||Lakeland, Florida, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, emo, indie rock, indie pop|
|Labels||Tooth & Nail, Columbia, The Militia Group, Theory 8, Academy Fight Song|
|Anchor & Braille, States, The Lulls In Traffic|
Copeland is an American rock band formed in 2001 by the singer, pianist Aaron Marsh (who also plays guitar) with his friend, the bass guitarist and backing vocalist James Likeness, in Lakeland, Florida.
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Aaron Marsh and Bryan Laurenson signed a record deal with the independent label The Militia Group in 2002 and released their first album, Beneath Medicine Tree, a year later. In 2004, 2005 and 2006, they performed at the annual Cornerstone Florida Festival in Orlando, Florida. In Motion, Copeland's second full-length album, was released on March 22, 2005. It was produced by Matt Goldman and Aaron Marsh, and mixed by Ken Andrews. The early copies of In Motion included a four-song acoustic EP (a compilation of lo-fi versions of songs from In Motion itself), as well as "Beneath Medicine Tree".
Beneath Medicine Tree has a heavy medical theme. Aaron Marsh admits that the lyrics in this album were inspired by the hospitalization of his girlfriend and the death of his grandmother. The album booklet includes photographs of hospital scenes by then-bass guitarist James Likeness. Marsh says that, "With Beneath Medicine Tree, I wanted to make a record that moves people," while "With In Motion, I wanted to make a record that makes people move."
The lead singer, Marsh, has appeared with other bands such as The Morning Of on their album The Way I Fell In, Underoath on their album They're Only Chasing Safety, Anberlin on their album Cities and Lydia on their album Illuminate.
On July 18, 2007, James Likeness announced his decision to no longer be a part of Copeland. He cited pursuing a career as a graphic designer (a field in which he has a college degree) as a chief reason in his decision.
About a year after Eat, Sleep, Repeat, they released Dressed Up & in Line on November 20, 2007. It is composed of B-sides, remixes and rarities.
On April 1, 2014, Copeland announced they were making a fifth studio album called Ixora, to be released in October 2014, after six years without a new record. Though each member had been pursuing new ventures, inside and outside of the music industry both collectively as well as individually, Marsh, Bryan Laurenson, Stephen Laurenson and Jonathan Bucklew reunited to record and self-release Ixora. The record was recorded and produced by Aaron Marsh at his Lakeland, Florida, studio, The Vanguard Room, and released in November 2014.
Although claimed by some to be a Christian band, Marsh has said that they are not. He said, "It's not our nature to have religious connotations. We are not a ministry band. We have some people in the band that are Christians, but that is not a focus of our band." "We have no agenda in our band other than art."
Copeland teamed up with Instant Live to create a series of 21 limited edition CDs of many of the band's shows during their tour with Daphne Loves Derby, The Spill Canvas and Melee, between October 13 and November 7, 2005.
Punk Goes 90s:
Policia! A Tribute to the Police:
Know Nothing Stays the Same (EP):
You Are My Sunshine (Deluxe Edition):
Friends of P - Tribute to the Rentals:
The Mother of Invention:
Happy Christmas Vol. 4:
Happy Christmas Vol. 5: