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Vocalist Aaron Marsh, 2007
|Origin||Lakeland, Florida, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, emo, indie rock, indie pop|
|Years active||2001–2010, 2014–present|
|Labels||Tooth & Nail, Columbia, The Militia Group, Theory 8, Academy Fight Song|
|Associated acts||Anchor & Braille, States, The Lulls In Traffic|
|Past members||Rusty Fuller
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".
2006 to 2008
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.
A year afterwards, in 2008, Copeland released their final album, You Are My Sunshine under Tooth & Nail Records. The band then decided to split up, holding the Farewell Tour before they ended.
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 was involved with the charity To Write Love on Her Arms.
- Marsh was involved with the band Anchor & Braille along with Anberlin's Stephen Christian, producing the band's irst album Felt, which was released on August 4, 2009. Marsh is currently[when?] involved with a new project called The Lulls In Traffic.
- Bryan Laurenson's first band was Last Kid Picked, from Annapolis, Maryland.
- Bryan and Stephen Laurenson have recently[when?] formed a band, States, with Mindy White (previously of Lydia).
- Beneath Medicine Tree (2003)
- In Motion (2005) No. 115 US
- Eat, Sleep, Repeat (2006) No. 90 US
- You Are My Sunshine (2008) No. 48 US
- Ixora (2014) No. 93 US
- Dressed Up & in Line (2007)
- 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 & Pacifico (2001)
- The Pale/Copeland (2003)
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 90's (2006)
- The Mother of Invention (2009)
- Happy Christmas Vol. 5 (2010)
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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
You Are My Sunshine (Deluxe Edition):
Friends of P - Tribute to the Rentals:
- "Getting By" by The Rentals
The Mother of Invention:
Happy Christmas Vol. 4:
Happy Christmas Vol. 5:
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- Beneath Medicine Tree
- "Walking Downtown"
- In Motion
- "Pin Your Wings"
- Eat, Sleep, Repeat
- "Control Freak"
- You Are My Sunshine
- "The Grey Man"
- Ixora (2014)
- Album review on Punknews. URL accessed on April 9, 2006
- Copeland Biography. URL accessed on January 7, 2007
- Columbia Records Press Release
- Likeness' announcement on Copeland homepage. URL accessed on August 19, 2007
- "Twitter / copelandband: Copeland is reuniting. We're". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
-  Archived December 10, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived November 7, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Copeland - Awards at AllMusic