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The Kopterz

The Kopterz
Joe Brien Teenager Forever

whats in a name? The origins of what became known as The Kopterz began in a basement in Portland Maine during the summer of 69, just like the Bryan Adams song suggests when Joe got his first real six string, a Kent electric guitar. "It was the same day that Neal Armstrong first stepped onto the moon". That was 45 years ago. Life has not always been kind to him, a child of the 60's and 70's Joe got his start down the wrong road at an early age hanging out with pot smoking acid drenched hippies while still not yet a teen and As a 5 year old sat transfixed a foot in front of the old black and white television one sunday night in february of 1963 and watched the Beatles conquer the USA. He knew then what it was he wanted to be. As a 9 year old in the fourth grade he started his first real band The Frog with 3 neighborhood pals and the rest the say is history.
The Frog remained intact until Joe went into junior high school where several member changes and name changes had him in a band covering songs by everyone from Aerosmith to Led Zeppelin. By the time he entered High School at age 14 he was asked by Portland Rock legend Kip Brown to join his newly formed band Rock Candy which he stayed with through 1976. That year he met and started playing with Pete Webber and Joe Petty who lived in Stroudwater on the other side of the tracks. Along with Bassist Joe Donovan and singer Jay Kovensky the seeds of the band that was to later become known as The Kopterz were sewn.Following several other bands The Reactors and The Fanatics Joe finally settled on the band that would outlive them all first known as Joe Greene and the Bee Zee Kopterz (named for the famed traffic helicopter from Bostons WBZ) then finally after a threat of lawsuit for copyright infringement simply The Kopterz.

The band released their debut 7" 45 rpm record The one that got away b/w You're all I need , in December 1982. Recorded at Fishtraks Studios in Portsmouth, New Hampshire during that past summer, it became an instant hit on local AM radio. They followed up the release by recording , also at Fishtraks, the would be debut LP during the following spring and summer of 1983, but the tracks never made it to vinyl and the album was shelved. The tracks All Around the World, There's just one thing, I read it in your eyes, I'm Immune to you, All the other girls, Action this time and I wanna be your power from those sessions appear here for the first time anywhere. That following summer, frustrated with the lack of a new record, the band recorded what became the 1985 Eponymous EP "The Kopterz" a 4 song 12" 45rpm which included the hits Sunnyside and Walk Away, and also included their first Regae hit Me or You and a cover of The Beatles classic And Your Bird Can Sing. Following the success of Sunnyside, which yielded a made for TV video now on youtube . The band had now reached a much larger audience and began reaching out and playing shows all over New England. Winter 1985the band hit the studio again, this tike to record what became their first full length LP. In December 1986 the band released "Dancin' Disorder" which local FM giant WBLM latched onto right away and began spinning their REM tinged The Fall in heavy rotation. The band moved several thousand units and seemed poised to break onto the national scene. record labels came calling, there was Electra, Warner Brothers, and even a subsidiary of Atlantic called Giant Records. The band was courted and corralled but no one bit. The big break proved elusive. Not letting anything get in the way, the band immediately began writing a follow up LP, the would be 2nd LP , another collection of pop chestnuts and a bunch of harder edged rock tunes and recording began during the late part of 1987 and extended well into the early months of 1988. The work continued at a snails pace, largely due to the bands constant LIVE schedule which allowed for little time dedicated to the completion of the record. By the end of the year, the band had planned a tour that would take them to Nashville where they planned to finish the album with REM producer Scott Litt. Jon Suskin, a Nashville based audio engineer who had befriended the band when they opened for Concrete Blonde years earlier, was a friend of Litts and had arranged for the band to spend a few days in a studio owned by Steve Earle reworking the tracks with hopes of finishing the album. The tour, known as the phantom tour, never materialized , and the sessions with Litt were thrown out the window when he had to abruptly leave on a tour of the UK. The multi-track master reels for this uncompleted LP were left behind when the band hit the road and headed home to Maine. The tracks from those sessions will appear on Faded Volume 2 in their rawest, incomplete form, but the energy of the bands performance while laying down the basic tracks remains solid and a great representation of where the band was in its Live form. Following their ill fated trip to Nashville, the band returned to their rigorous paced touring schedule, playing 4, 5 6 nights a week, week after week through the summer when they landed in Bethel Maine at the Outlook, a studio run by former Bostonians Ted and Connie St. Pierre where they recorded 4 new tunes for their swan song release , the cassette only EP "Twistin' in the Wind".
Following the close of the 80's He spent his free time making recordings in a home studio and eventually in 1991 set up Portlands famed Big Sound recording studio where during the 90's and into 2001 he recorded and produced no fewer than 200 bands and solo artists including Maines own sons Rustic Overtones, Blues greats Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Kirkland and Bluegrass greats Peter Rowan and Tony Rice often performing on the recordings. During his tenure at Big Sound Joe met and started working with one Rusty Gates who proved to be the Ringo that Joe was always looking for. During their first session together they recorded a version of Barry McGuires "Eve of Destruction" which years later would find it's way to McGuire himself who phoned Brien to let him know how much he liked what he heard. He did though have a bone to pick. It seems McGuires teenagers liked The Troubles version of Eve better than his own! A friendship was born. The troubles released their first CD "It's About Time" late fall 1999 and it's lead off single "Gravity" became an instant hit on regional radio. Their third live appearance wound up being a Sold Out co-headliner with comedian Bob Marley at Portlands Cumberland County Civic Center on New Years Eve 1999. More high profile shows followed and the band was off and running. Heading back into the studio they recorded 2001's "Here We Go Again" and released it in November of that year to high praise. They caught the attention of American Bandstands Dick Clark who although wasn't able to help the band directly encouraged Joe to keep sending the music to publishers and Labels atating that persistence always pays off, a creedo that stands to this day. 2015 fins Joe mixing the new Troubles CD, and making videos for their back catalogue. The band is once again rehearsing their live set in preparation for their hopefully soon to be upcoming appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show! Warner Brothers Vice President Seymour Stein is presently listening and a deal may very well be in the works. The Troubles have been on the verge of hitting the big time many times before, a classic Rock band that no one has ever heard of until now with enough unknown hit songs for a boxed set and enough hooks to catch a school of fish. Now is the time for The Troubles…..listen and you too will become a fan.