LIVE REVIEW: Knox Hamilton @ Rough Trade

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Any band will tell you that spending so much time together practicing, touring and in the studio can lead to arguing. Something tells me that the Little Rock, Arkansas band Knox Hamilton doesn’t have this problem often, though- and if they do, they can just play their single, “Work It Out,” a positive pop song that can’t help but convince anyone they can work out just about anything.

Knox Hamilton formed in 2010, getting their name randomly from a yearbook they found at a thrift store. They only have one song available to the public, but that hasn’t stopped them from touring the country, both headlining shows and opening for groups like the South African rock band Civil Twilight. On Wednesday, January 14th, they played Brooklyn’s Rough Trade with Civil Twilight and Zeke Duhon, a day before they headlined an early show at the Mercury Lounge.

“Work It Out” starts with an atmospheric intro before settling into a catchy pop melody. The live version featured frontman Boots Copeland playing the song’s opening riff on a xylophone. Though they’re normally a four-piece band with Drew Buffington and Bradley Pierce on guitar, at Rough Trade Copeland played with his brother Cobo, the band’s drummer, and guitarist/vocalist Benjamin Thomas. Their set was quick, and though they didn’t talk much, they gave off a charming, down-to-earth vibe. “We’ll be giving out sweaty hugs later if you want to meet us,” Boots told the audience before they left the stage. And on my way out the door, I noticed they were waiting patiently at the merch table to keep their promise.

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