The Light On EP [LP] - VINYL
- Artist: Bad Cop
- SKU: 21595282
- Release Date: 07/23/2013
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Hands-Down One of 2013's Best ReleasesJanuary 25, 2015
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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