Hands-Down One of 2013's Best Releases
Posted by: Parkas4Kids from: Dundalk, MD on
In 2012, when Cage the Elephant was touring much of the U.S., Bad Cop was asked to travel with and open for the band. Thus began a friendship, a partnership, a collaboration, etc. Two of 2013's releases were the end result of these two bands sharing the road and the open stage: Bad Cop's "The Light On (EP)" and Cage the Elephant's "Melophobia."
Cage the Elephant's Brad Shultz co-producded this record, and it's as close to a masterpiece as Bad Cop has come thus far. The early era fast punk songs are all but gone on this record; in their place are hard-hitting, groovy, danceable rock tunes that are nearly impossible to turn off. Bad Cop's blend of '60s psychedelic rock, '70s southern blues, '80s post-punk, and '90s grunge meld perfectly into the five songs found on this EP (there's a sixth song--"Barbarella Graham"--found only on the vinyl release).
"The Wind" starts the set, quickly building up its strength as it powers through into "Can't Get Enough"--two powerhouse psychedelic blues/rock numbers. Then the doors come off their hinges as "Light On" hits with reckless abandon, a post-punk tune the will get you out of your seat and on to the dancefloor. However, just as soon as the mood shifted, it shifts again as "Post-McDonald's Punks" turns the dancefloor into a veritable mosh pit. That's when "My Dying Days" takes over, a psychedelic post-punk groove that washes all your cares away and leaves you wanting more.
Another added bonus to getting this EP on vinyl is the wicked-cool etching on the B side--a psychedelic tie-in to the cover of Bad Cop's last single, "Chicago Lady." How this release didn't reach the top of everyone's "Best of 2013" lists is beyond me, but Bad Cop is still a relatively underground band, and there are a lot of people who still don't know who they are. If you're a Cage the Elephant fan, though, these guys need to be on your radar; it was this record right here that inspired their new sound on "Melophobia," yet another excellent album released in 2013.
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