(May 24, 2011) Dine Alone Records is proud to announce the addition of THE COPPERTONE to their roster in Canada. The EP Hymns For The Hollow will be available digitally and on vinyl as of May 31, 2011.
Since adopting her moniker “The Coppertone” only two years ago, King City, ON native Amanda Zelina paired ambition with a love of a musical style of yore to find a sound all her own. Most striking is the 25-year-old’s stirring, smoky voice coupled with her ability to pen soulful blues-laden songs with an aura of experience far beyond her years. As The Coppertone, she’s embraced her haunting, howling voice and set it to the backdrop of reverb-drenched, fuzz-dripping blues that first emerged on debut full-length Hidden Dreams, which Exclaim! called “an ideal introduction to an important new homegrown talent.”
The venerable publication wasn’t the first or only fan Zelina earned with her signature sound; that list is long, though it includes other notables like longtime friend Dallas Green (City & Colour, Alexisonfire) and the late Dan Achen, a renowned producer and principal of Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios where Hidden Dreams was put to record. Green and Zelina have since collaborated on the original song “At The Bird’s Foot” from popular compilation Gasoline Rainbows and a cover of “When I Lay My Burden Down,” dedicated to the memory of Achen, their mutual Midas-handed producer and close friend.
Now set to release Hymns Of The Hollow on May 31 through Dine Alone Records, Zelina calls this first of two EPs expected this year the “big brother of Hidden Dreams” – an extension of the explorations found on the debut with slight refinements, including more dynamic and hooky choruses and a further emphasis on an engulfing overall atmosphere. The songs and arrangements on the release all belong to Zelina, though the performances are rounded out by Spirits drummer, and frequent collaborator, Nick Skalkos. Fans can expect the same rich, raw blues rock riffs for which she’s celebrated to propel both releases, augmented each time around by some new explorations. It’s a versatile sound that’s warmed up welcoming audiences for artists ranging from Bombay Bicycle Club and Fucked Up to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. “I pride myself a lot on my live show,” she says, “and I plan on playing as often as possible to reach as many people as possible.”
With ‘Hymns Of The Hollow’ in-hand, The Coppertone is poised to make the most of her obvious potential and carry the torch of contemporary blues into the future as an unlikely but more-than-able ambassador.
Track Listig of ‘Hymns For The Hollow’
01. I Know The Dead
02. Last Goodbye’s
03. You’re The One
04. Black Water
Upcoming Canadian Shows:
06.18 – Toronto, ON – The El Mocambo (NXNE)
06.23 – Guelph, ON – E-Bar
06.26 – St. Catharines, ON – S.C.E.N.E. Festival
07.02 – Waterloo, ON – Chainsaw
07.10 – Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flahertys