"(the music) is endearing and thought-provoking... it's impressive"
- Nigel McRae - Owner, Smith's Alternative (Canberra Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 [National Live Music Awards])
"Alec Randles (kopasetic) is an amazing artist and fingerstyle guitarist"
- Nkechi Anele (Host - Triple J)
"Kopasetic are doing wonderful things for roots, blues and folk music in Canberra"
Canberra is a strange place. It's a city full of conscious and connected people, yet the strong political culture of our city overshadows it and often breathes a lagging air of unrest and frustration into the minds of Canberra's diverse community. Equipped with backgrounds in celtic, flamenco, folk and roots music, Kopasetic make contemporary music for people attuned to that feeling, and for those who seek to explore why, at present, such an atmosphere exists all over the western world. The band's original pieces such as 'These Days' and 'Don't Be Denied' are examples of how they comment on the impact this presence in our political system is having on the psyche of the individual. Though these concepts are confronting, Kopasetic, as Nigel McRae expressed, deliver them in an endearing, earnest and optimistic fashion - their shows entertain and leave audiences smiling, dancing and reflective.
2019 introduced Kopasetic's live act to Canberra where they exploded onto the scene. With a likeliness to the Cat Empire, the Wailers & Ray Lamontagne, their year of gigging has seen the band headline local festivals and make appearances at a series of sold-out shows at some of Canberra's prime venues. The band launched their debut EP in August to an audience that sold out on pre-sale tickets (130+) and they are due to leave for New Zealand on a 4-city tour in late December. Their shows are frequented by people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and music preferences. Enthusiasts revel in Alec Randles' deft fingerstyle guitar ability, Henry Overton's bass solos and the sharp, worldly drum works of James Briguglio.