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2002 saw the release of a 7 track mini album by Rutland’s The Copperpot Journals which was soon to acquire a semi mythological status amongst the kids with Eastpack backpacks, wallet chains and a healthy interest in the UK emo scene of the time.
Dubbed ‘Hundred Reason’s favourite band’ more times than was necessary by the music press, the Journals had released one self titled Ep before being wined and dined by the Firefly team.
Packed off to Mushroom Studios in Southend under the ever watchful eye of producer John Hannon, the result was ‘Plotting To Kill Your Friends’.
A CD that was described by Kerrang as ‘A stunning release…features moments of surging screamocore, some Appleseed Castesque twinkling guitars and bags and bags of accessible melodies. Huge potential. Huge songs. Don’t miss this.’
Meanwhile Rocksound gave them a track on their covermount CD and claimed that Plotting was…’a malicious attack that will bury itself deep into your sub-conscious like a parasite…a seemingly mellow soundscape which is intersected by pokey guitar dynamics that hint towards Fugazi.’
With a musical sound capturing the best of the American hardcore and emo bands, topped by singer Gareth’s very English vocals, the Journals live show at the time was a thing of power and beauty.
Pretty soon the band were picking up support slots with the likes of Hell is for Heroes, Hundred Reasons and Sensefield as well as interest from bigger labels than one being run out of 2 bedroom flat in Walthamstow.
If Firefly have been asked one question in the last 20 years it is ‘When are the Copperpot Journals records going to come out on vinyl?’ Now thanks to the magic of Fairsound comes the chance for that to happen