It’s been seven years since The Copyrights released their last album, Report, but the wait is finally over. Ahead of the Carbondale, IL punks’ 20th anniversary in 2022, the four-piece – Adam Fletcher (lead vocals/bass), Brett Hunter (vocals/guitar), Kevin Rotter (vocals/guitar) and Luke McNeil (drums) – have returned with their seventh full-length, Alone In A Dome. Not that you’d know it was the band’s seventh record – across the course of these 12 songs, the band sounds just as vibrant and vigorous, energetic and youthful, as it ever has. Whether that’s because they recorded most of it in the basement of Carbondale’s Lost Cross punk house, where the band was formed all those years ago, is uncertain, but the spirit of that house, of their youth and of the scene in general, is very much alive and kicking for the record’s half hour runtime. “They started having shows in the basement there in September of 1986,” says Fletcher, “and they’ve been doing it ever since. As far as I know, it’s the longest running punk rock basement venue in America.
That’s not the only throwback to their home. Throughout their two decades together, The Copyrights have always peppered their records with references to their origins, and this record is no exception. But beyond the lyrics that both celebrate and decry the area that they’re from, there’s also the cover – a dog sitting inside a geodesic dome. Geodesic domes, of course, were invented by Buckminster Fuller, the famous theorist, inventor, architect and academic, who happened to teach at the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While there, he designed, had built and lived in the world’s first geodesic dome house.
The Copyrights are touring Europe this summer and we are happy to host them in Berlin!
Support: Awkward Reunion from Berlin
Tour Operator: Pressure Tour