Psych Metal Juggernaut Kylesa Hits Their Stride
"When we were one of the first bands to get accepted by some of that press and some of the fans, we took a beating because of it too," Cope says. "Since then, a lot of bands have got the attention now, and they didn't have to take the beating quite as hard as we got. Certain things that got attached to us back then still stick, but then bands walk in there and it's not a big deal anymore."
So it goes for those that are constantly straining against the boundaries of their genre's restraints. Even more so for groundbreaking acts such as Kylesa, it seems that metal requires more on-the-road image upkeep than most other acts, as the band lives primarily through the touring lifestyle. When your sound is evolving as much as Kylesa's is, it's good to keep your fans up to date on your latest incarnation, front and center. No matter the cost, this is the way Cope wants it done.
"It can be grueling, especially trying to have a normal personal life, that gets tough," he says. "It puts serious strain on those kinds of relationships, but we've been doing it long enough that we kind of know how to handle it for the most part. Eventually, hard times come no matter what, but we just try to keep a level head and keep going."
Kylesa are scheduled to play the Yucca Tap Room on Saturday, Oct. 12.
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