This Flat Country launches first CDWritten by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When a band first forms, typically, it tours. The members of the group hit the bars and clubs together for months — years — polishing their act, fine-tuning their sound, figuring out who and what they are. Then, when the musicians have a solid idea of their sound and songs, they record an album. That’s the way it works.
Well, usually. Not so for This Flat Country, a new folk-rock band from Toledo. The group — Adam, Braden and Chandler Hoffmann, Joe Phillips and Jason Copsey — will host its first CD release party 9 p.m. April 7 at The Blarney Bullpen in Downtown Toledo. Tickets are $5 at the door. It will also be the first time the group has played in public together.
“We’re able to do that because we kinda come from a community of musicians. Over the past 10 years, the five of us have played in a number of hard-working bands,” Copsey said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “We’ve sat in with each others’ bands. So over the past year or two, we decided to see what it would sound like when the five of us get together.”
Everyone in the group has extensive experience in the local music scene.
“We all went to high school together. We all graduated within about three years of each other. We all kinda played in each others’ bands for a while, kinda got to build a bit of a fanbase just over the years that way,” Copsey said.
The group’s first album, “Thicker Than Blood,” is a sampler of what the group and its songs are like at this stage — though Copsey added that the sound of each may evolve even more once they get some gigs in front of a crowd under their belt.
“Our past is represented pretty well in that product that is going out on Saturday. The idea was always for us to create the best songs possible that can be expanded in a variety of different ways for a live show,” Copsey said.
“When we record the songs, it’s a snapshot for what it is at that time. It’s a snapshot of how far the song has grown at the time we actually record it. But we’re really into letting the songs evolve.”
Copsey said the group’s development of new material followed that same path in the recording studio, influenced by the members’ intensive hands-on approach to their work.
“Everything is extremely organic, and it’s all by our own hands. From the beginning of the writing of the songs, to when it’s actually being played,” he said. “We write the songs ourselves, we record them ourselves with our own equipment. The pressings we outsource, but it’s all in-house.”
But no matter how proud the band is of its work on the album, in the end, Copsey said, the real prize will be what’s achieved live.
“We love the live shows. That’s really the reason the five of us do this. And on Saturday, we really just want to continue our reputation as five musicians that put everything out there for the live shows. To make those events something memorable for everyone that comes out, and to continue building a community of people that enjoy coming out to see us play.”