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|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, slowcore, acoustic rock, indie pop, ambient, baroque pop|
|Years active||2001–2010, 2014–present|
|Labels||Tooth & Nail, Columbia, The Militia Group, Theory 8, Academy Fight Song|
|Associated acts||Anchor & Braille, States|
|Past members||Aaron Marsh
Copeland is an indie rock band formed in 2001 by singer Aaron Marsh (who also plays the guitar, mellotron, organ, and piano) with his friend, bassist and backup singer James Likeness, in Lakeland, Florida.
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Aaron Marsh, Bryan Laurenson and Jonathan Bucklew signed a record deal with independent label The Militia Group in 2002 and released their debut 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".
2006 to 2008
Beneath Medicine Tree features 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 by then-bassist James Likeness of hospital scenes. Marsh cites 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."
Lead singer Aaron Marsh has also been featured 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 made public 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 to leave the band.
Copeland announced that they had officially split ways with Columbia Records on September 6, 2007.
A year afterwards, in 2008, Copeland released their final album, You Are My Sunshine under Tooth & Nail Records. The band then decided to part ways, holding the Farewell Tour before they split up.
On April 1, 2014, Copeland announced they were making a fifth studio album called Ixora, to be released in October 2014, after going six years without a new record. Though each member has been pursuing new ventures, inside and outside of the music industry both collectively as well as individually, Aaron Marsh, Bryan Laurenson, Stephen Laurenson, and Jonathan Bucklew have reunited to record and self-release their fifth full-length album, Ixora. The record will be recorded and produced by Aaron Marsh at his Lakeland, Florida studio, The Vanguard Room.
Although stated by some to be a Christian band, Aaron Marsh has said that they are not. "I think that's kind of a defective term," Marsh says. "It's not our nature to have religious connotations. We are not a ministry band. We have some people in the band that are Christian, but that is not the focus of our band" "We have no agenda in our band other than art."
- Aaron Marsh - lead vocals, guitars, piano, organ, mellotron
- Bryan Laurenson - guitars, piano
- Stephen Laurenson - guitars
- Jonathan Bucklew - drums, percussion
- Copeland was involved in To Write Love on Her Arms.
- Aaron Marsh was involved with the band Anchor & Braille along with Anberlin's Stephen Christian, producing the band's debut album Felt, which was released on August 4, 2009. Marsh is currently involved with a new project called The Lulls In Traffic.
- Bryan Laurenson's first band was Last Kid Picked, out of Annapolis, MD
- Bryan and Stephen Laurenson have recently formed a band, States, with Mindy White (previously of Lydia).
- Beneath Medicine Tree (March 25, 2003)
- In Motion (March 22, 2005) - No. 115 U.S.
- Eat, Sleep, Repeat (October 31, 2006) - No 90 U.S.
- Dressed Up & In Line (November 20, 2007)
- You Are My Sunshine (October 14, 2008) - No. 48 U.S.
- Ixora (October 31, 2014)
- Copeland / Pacifico Split EP (2001)
- Copeland / The Pale Split EP (2003)
- Know Nothing Stays the Same (2004)
- Sony Connect Sessions (2005) - A bonus disc with the initial copies of In Motion.
- Best Buy Exclusive Bonus Disc (2006) - Included with the initial copies of Eat, Sleep, Repeat that were sold at Best Buy.
- The Grey Man EP (February 24, 2009)
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.
- From Brooklyn with Love (2001)
- Stepping Stone Volume 1 (2002)
- Take Action Volume 3 (2003)
- Hello. We Are the Militia Group (2004)
- Maybe This Christmas Tree (2005)
- Happy Christmas Vol. 4 (2005)
- ¡Policia! - A Tribute to the Police (2005)
- Punk Goes 90s (2006)
- The Mother of Invention (2009)
- Happy Christmas Vol. 5 (2010)
Punk Goes 90s:
Policia! A Tribute to the Police:
Know Nothing Stays the Same (EP):
- "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
- "Coming Around Again" by Carly Simon
- "She's Always a Woman" by Billy Joel
- "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin
- "Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder
Friends of P - Tribute to the Rentals:
The Mother of Invention:
Happy Christmas Vol. 4:
Happy Christmas Vol. 5:
- Beneath Medicine Tree
- "Walking Downtown"
- In Motion
- "Pin Your Wings"
- Eat, Sleep, Repeat
- "Control Freak"
- You Are My Sunshine
- "The Grey Man"
- Columbia Records Press Release
- Album review on Punknews. URL accessed on April 9, 2006
- Copeland Biography. URL accessed on January 7, 2007
- James' Announcement on Copeland homepage. URL accessed on August 19, 2007
- "Twitter / copelandband: Copeland is reuniting. We're". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
- The Copeland Site http://www.thecopelandsite.com/about/
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