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If there’s one thing that we can all be amazed by in this world, it’s friendships. Friendships transcend time, race, and blood. It breaks barriers of language, culture, and distance, which gives us the power to create bonds that will stay with us for a lifetime.

Friendships let us establish a family, even with four-legged adorable beings. We hold these meaningful relationships close to our hearts, which is why losing them can also make us feel like we’ve lost a huge part of ourselves.

It is tragic when this happens because losing a pet also means losing a family member, but with Copperstone’s latest single, “My Old Friend”, we are being reminded of the warmth that their existence brought into our lives. Recorded and produced in just under two days, we can definitely say that the song is more than just that. The song is also a story. A story of loss surrounded by the warmth of the friendship that will always stay with us even if one has to cross the afterlife.

The alternative country that deeply influenced this song’s melody perfectly narrates this feeling for us. From its heartfelt lyrics of commemoration to Lenny and the rest of the fur babies that bid their goodbyes to the uplifting piano fade that fills the room as the song ends, Copperstone wish to tell us that, eventually, everything will be alright. Get a glimpse of the story of how the band came to be as they share their experiences and the writing process behind the song.

Congratulations on your newest single release, “My Old Friend”! The song—from the sweet acoustic melody to its heartfelt lyrics—evokes pure and wholesome feelings, even though it seems like it comes from a place of loss. What’s the story behind it?

Thank you, we continue to be very excited about the new song and the impact that it has had on our listeners. A story of both loss and remembrance, “My Old Friend” was written for our lead guitarist who had just lost his dog, a longtime friend and companion to not only him but his family as well.  A simple story but one that many who listen to the song can certainly relate to.

How did the songwriting process for the song go?

Believe it or not, the song was written, recorded, and finalized in about two days which is really outside of our norms.  It was like catching lightning in a bottle, once the process started everything just melded together in a melodic journey of love, loss, remembrance, and hope.  Being able to capture this as quickly as we did just makes the song that much more special.  

After listening to your previous releases—all of which are deeply astounding—what makes “My Old Friend” different from them?

Definitely the alternative country influences within the song as we tend to gravitate towards writing in more of an alternative/pop-rock style.  This may have been a subconscious stereotype given it is about a dog (ha!)… Also all of our other work was written to be performed whereas this song was just written from one friend to another.  We just liked the result so much that we decided it should be shared.  

“Copperstone”! Quite a unique name, I must say. Tried to decipher it myself, but may we rather have you tell us the story behind the band name?

Choosing a band name can be hard, especially since it has to resonate with the style of music you create.  This meant we worked through a lot of names and one day “Copperstone” was just blurted out. We knew that it was going to be a perfect fit…. Plus the domain was available!

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Where do you usually get your inspiration from?

We all wear, or have worn, many hats in our life and as such are fortunate to have many experiences that inspire us.  That’s probably why you hear an eclectic mix of influences within our music as we draw on different memories and moods.  “My Old Friend” is a perfect example of this with its subtle country influences as opposed to the pop or rock you hear in our other songs such as “Bye Bye” or “Pontoon Ride”.  

We all wear, or have worn, many hats in our life and as such are fortunate to have many experiences that inspire us.  That’s probably why you hear an eclectic mix of influences within our music as we draw on different memories and moods.

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What message would you like your listeners to keep in mind as they vibe along to “My Old Friend”?

We hope to share a feeling of “everything is going to be alright.”  Sometimes it’s difficult to realize that when you are in the moment and you need an outside influence to help. This was one of the reasons for the uplifting piano to fade out at the end. Hopefully that melody helps convey that message in a time when words can be difficult to accept.  

The song speaks on behalf of a lot of fur parents! This is a really heart-touching track. We would love to know if any member of the Copperstone band is a fur parent (and their names, maybe)?

Absolutely and that relationship is the whole reason this song came about as it was written about our lead guitarist’s dog named Lenny.  In fact, we almost titled the song “Lenny” but decided against it at the last moment.  Regardless, it’s warming to know that Lenny is memorialized forever in this song.

We hope to share a feeling of “everything is going to be alright.”  Sometimes it’s difficult to realize that when you are in the moment and you need an outside influence to help.

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Anything that we can look forward to from Copperstone? Perhaps another album release or a tour?

Between writing new music, promoting our new songs, and playing live we continue to stay busy.  We are just wrapping up a fun collaboration with the band Heroes Fall Last that we are really excited about.  Beyond that our focus is going to be on playing live and deciding which songs to release as we have a fairly large catalog of songs waiting to be shared.  We encourage everyone to stay tuned by following us @copperstoneband on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and definitely checking out our website to sign up for updates.

Stream “My Old Friend” by “Copperstone” below.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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