Knox Hamilton talks about first full-length album, set to drop soon

By Mackenzie Kees
Opinions Editor

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Knox Hamilton relaxes at 5 ½ Bar before their performance next door at Vinyl Music Hall. Photo by Mackenzie Kees.

This past Thursday at Vinyl Music Hall, indie pop band Knox Hamilton opened for labelmate Grizfolk to a packed house.

The Little Rock-based band, now on their Troublemaker Tour, has released several EPs over the years, the most popular of which is “Work it Out,” the second most-played song at Alt Nation in 2014. The founding members of the band are brothers Boots and Cobo Copeland, lead vocals and drummer, respectively, with Drew Buffington on guitar and Taylor Flynn on bass.

The band’s unique name comes from a 1970s yearbook the Copeland brothers found in a thrift shop where they worked one summer. They discovered the man Knox Hamilton amongst its weathered pages, who was “one of the most rock ’n’ roll dudes I have ever seen,” according to Boots. They would later adopt it as their own.

So has the band ever tried to contact the man who inspired their name?

“He’s had high school friends come to us on Twitter, telling us how he wouldn’t like our music — telling us how he’s a huge fan of AC/DC, Rolling Stones, and how we were not ‘that,’ in pretty harsh terms,” Boots said. “So now it’s kind of scared us to reach out to him, like maybe he wouldn’t think this is very cool.”

“We did meet his mother, though, like a year and a half ago or something at a show in Little Rock,” Buffington said. “She came out — she’s like 80, probably — and she was really great.”

Knox Hamilton has not released a full-length album yet, but according to Cobo, their first one should be released in May or June of this year. The album hasn’t been named yet, but the 17 tracks featured are already finished. There’s also a possibility of a single being released in April.

“Washed Up,” a new song on the upcoming album, is one of the band’s unanimous favorites so far. Fans at Vinyl on Thursday night got a sneak peek of a few of the songs that will be on the upcoming album.

The band’s favorite memories from the tour are of the festivals they have attended “when there are thousands of people in the crowd,” Boots said. “It’s terrifying, but it’s also a rush,” Cobo added.

“We’ve had a few two-week, three-week tours. This is our second longest tour, but we’ve been touring for about a year and a half now,” Boots said.

“With our new album, there are like four or five songs where some melodies are from a month ago, and some are from 2010,” Boots said when asked about their songwriting process. “There have been very few songs where we sit down in a jam session and just write.”

The upcoming year is sure to be a whirlwind for Knox Hamilton as their imminent full-length album release approaches.

For more information on Knox Hamilton, visit their official website.

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From left, Drew Buffington and brothers Boots and Cobo Copeland of Knox Hamilton perform at Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola on Thursday. Photo by Mackenzie Kees.