The Vanguard and Bros. Houligan Presents...
The Beach Boy Tour - Knox Hamilton feat. Brother Sundance w/ Future Tapes
Brother Sundance, Future Tapes
222 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Doors 7:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Brothers Boots and Cobo Copeland have been making music together their entire lives. From an early age, they self-taught themselves drums, guitar, and bass, filling their pastor father’s church with songs bathed in light and life. It’s the bond between Boots and Cobo that gives Knox Hamilton’s music a degree of familial intuition; a genetic thread of energy running between the two. Knox Hamilton (comprised of Boots and Cobo and their longtime buddy and talented guitarist Drew Buffington) doesn’t make songs by mistake. Rather, they work hard at their craft, stacking gorgeous vocals on top of relatable lyrics and restless melodies. Every note, every chord, every lyric is intentionally created to wrap your mind in a warm embrace while still setting your soul free to wander the cosmos. One listen to the first single “Washed Up Together” from their debut album The Heights and you’ll agree the result is hard to argue with. Before The Heights, the band released a 4-song EP called How's Your Mind that featured the runaway single "Work It Out." The addictive tune raced to the top of SiriusXM's Alt18 charts and reached "near-Adele levels on alt-rock radio" (Huffington Post), garnering KH the hard-earned respect of the indie rock community and over 7.9 million streams on Spotify. And that was just the beginning. Knox Hamilton is poised to break into the zeitgeist with innovative new songs filled with blistering electricity that still remind you of something real and familiar. Creating music that nods to their small-town church roots while dedicating themselves to their far-reaching artistry, Knox Hamilton is a band built to last. And Boots, Cobo, and Drew are prepared to make that happen.
When I was younger, I never really felt like I fit in with the kids around me. No matter how hard I tried I always felt like an outsider — isolated and irrevocably different. I hated that. It tore me up inside. I wanted nothing more than to be one of them, to laugh like they did, to think like they did, to be what they were. By the time I started high school I was doing everything I could to be one of them. The boys were all strong and played sports. I started playing baseball and going to the gym. They made terrible jokes and I laughed even though I didn’t think they were funny and they all wore the coolest shoes so I did, too. Everyday I’d wake up hoping it wouldn’t be the day everyone around me finally noticed I wasn’t like them. I was a fraud and a fake and I never felt comfortable.
Through all of that, though, a few things remained core to who I was. I had been drawing and painting for as long as I could remember. That never left me. So, even though it wasn’t the cool thing to do, I signed up for freshman art that year. My teacher ended up being an amazing woman, Ms. Lori Warren. She, perhaps more than anyone else, helped me realize how valuable a strong, artistic perspective could be and how cool being a little bit different really was.
Our first assignment in her class that year was to create a self portrait. She asked us to go home, take a photo of ourselves with our phones and bring it in the next day. We were going to create collages. I’ve always been really afraid of photos of myself. They make me feel incredibly self conscious. So, instead of simply taking a standard photo, I spent hours coming up with a way to creatively cover my face. I ended up with a really cool portrait. I wore a dark hood and ominously laid my hands in a design across my skull. I was really excited about it. I charged confidently into her class the next day, portrait in hand. She loved it. She told me how much she appreciated my creative approach and how much she liked the image. It was a big moment for me. All my life I had been so afraid to go out on a limb, to create things as different as I felt. The rest of the class brought in normal photographs. I brought in something crazy. And she applauded me for it.
That moment, and so many others like it in Ms. Warren’s class, changed my life forever. She changed my life. I am who I am today because of her. She taught me that it was okay to be me, that there was value in being different. She taught me to think on a high level — that being smart wasn’t uncool, it was the greatest thing you could be. She taught me never to create without a purpose and to always have a reason. It was the beginning of everything — freshman art at American Heritage High School.
My music, and everything I do now, all leads back to those lessons. I work hard to create passionately and with care. I do everything I can to make sure every graphic, every lyric, every note and every show is the absolute best it can be because that is what excites me most. Delivering excellence to as many people as possible, anyone willing to listen. It’s not about money or success. It is about taking pride in what I do. Loving who I am fully and completely and loving the work I do just the same. I’ll never again pretend to be something I am not. I’ll give you all of me, and only me, for as long as I can. Unabashed and unashamed, I am Brother Sundance and Brother Sundance is me. It’s not a character, it’s not a cloak. It’s not something I hide behind. It’s my life’s work. And I could not be prouder of it.
Future Tapes is the aftermath of previous project called Summit, a loud indie rock band, both led by Christian Sanchez. After a year of downtime and touring with other bands such as Nuns, a psychedelic rock band from Tulsa who has toured with national touring acts such as The Kills and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Christian began writing again with another sound in mind. Future Tapes is a blend of Alternative bands such as Local Natives and The Neighborhood with more synthesizers and influences of the 80’s.