With enchanting dream goth/ shoegaze tracks, Brass Box take listeners on a journey through life, death and the darkness that swells beneath the surface. Duo, Ammo Bankoff and Neil Popkin originally met several years prior at an underground new wave/ goth party in Los Angeles. The bands in which Bankoff played (Tête, Black Flamingo) occasionally shared bills with Popkin’s bands (War Tapes, Rituals). Due to their musical connection both musicians naturally collaborated. Popkin then brought in guitarist Matt Bennett (War Tapes) and drummer Pablo Amador (Rituals), to round out the heavy sounds of Brass Box. Since joining forces the quartet has assembled lush compositions of melody and noise while recording in their Downtown Los Angeles home studio. Some describe the sound as a mix between My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, but you can decide for yourself.
Long before he started writing psychedelic pop songs, and becoming a Los Angeles resident, George, aka Das Kope, actually lived only a few blocks from where the Brazilian 60’s rock band Os Mutantes had originated. Raised in the west side of São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, he was always an outsider with a vision. A self taught guitarist, influenced by the grey cityscape, he found his musical voice in punk rock at a young age. Propelled by the DIY spirit and barely out of his teens, he saved enough money to buy a ticket to Los Angeles, and in an almost runaway fashion he left everything behind in pursuit of music.
For the next years he found himself working a slew of odd jobs and moving from place to place, eventually settling as a part time recluse in a dark Hollywood apartment he nicknamed ‘the cave’. Tangled up in his loneliness and guitar cables, this isolation pushed him into a madness and a creativity that would keep him company for the next few years. He became obsessed with guitar pedals, synthesizers, VCRs, After Effects, tape recorders, green screen and anything that brought color to his otherwise nocturnal existence.
Inspired by these kaleidoscopic experiments, Das Kope was born. His songs are expressions of a turbulent journey across the world, his visuals are a fantastical balance between city and nature.
Das Kope is currently working on a group of songs and visuals that he will be releasing as an album later this year. Get lost in the psychedelic lo fi experience of Das Kope.