Since about 1994 David Copp has been playing in bands, working at a recording studio and has just been involved with music. Copp who is now a father and decided to give some solo material a whirl. I’m in my late 30’s myself and totally get it. People just aren’t around like they were in your 20’s and finding enough time to do the solo stuff is hard enough.
At any rate some things get a little better with age and one of those things tends to be recording gear. Copp has got himself a solid setup that is more than just a laptop and an audio interface. Sonically, the songs on his album Exodus Climber sound great. The song which are sort of explorations of off kilter rock were a blast to listen to.
The songs are meaty starting with the first song “Sworn to Secrecy.” It’s a six-and-a-half-minute song. Copp mixes distorted guitars with aggressive vocals, unique percussive aspects and more. I liked the whole song but the last minute or two sounded like NIN to me in a good way. The guitars sound fantastic.
Up next is “Seek Nothing” which felt a little more like a straightforward verse/chorus/verse type song. Copp’s vocals are again pretty intense. On this song they are also more dynamic. Around the three-minute mark there is a descending metal breakdown with vocals samples which just rocks out hard.
The title track is an eight-plus-minute song. It’s the darkest song yet with a lot of tom drums and sheets of distortion. The result sounds somewhere between Alice In Chains and Sunn O))). “Nothing to Hide” brings the tempo and energy way up for the catchiest song in the batch. He might have saved the best for last with “Mettle Fatigue.” There is a bit of Dinosaur Jr. vibe here at times but a little darker. On top of that the song is just a roller coaster ride of sound and unique transitions.
This is one of the better home recordings I have heard in recent memory. Recommended.
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