In late 2009, just months after forming, the members of Bad Cop left their home in the Bible Belt, moved to New York City, and inked a deal with iconic punk label ROIR. They then supported their debut album, 2010’s Harvest the Beast, with stints at CMJ and SXSW, and tours supporting Foxygen and Local Natives. However, by 2013, Bad Cop tired of the Big Apple and decided it was time to do things a bit more DIY. So, they moved camp back to Nashville, formed Jeffery Drag Records, and released last July’s The Light On EP.
Bad Cop still has some fondness for NYC though, as they recently returned to the city to record tracks at Brooklyn’s Rubber Tracks studio alongside producer/engineer Hector Castillo (Lou Reed, David Bowie). The result is the band’s new EP, Wish You Well … And Goodbye, which “shows a new side of Bad Cop,” according to a press release. “The band who were once no stranger to the wilder times of rock ‘n’ roll have managed to channel that rambunctious energy into three seamlessly-crafted songs. They haven’t lost their edge; they’ve just harnessed it.”
For a taste of that well-balanced brand of rock, Bad Cop has shared lead single “Shotgun”. As its name implies, the track is akin to a violent and sudden burst of momentum, a giant-sized buckshot of crashing drums, yelping vocals, copious feedback, and gnarly, blown-to-hell guitars. It may appear like a hot, undulating mass of noise and chaos, but underneath that crusty exterior beats the heart of a solid blues track, one that practically radiates angst-ridden heartache. If you’re not one for digging, though, just enjoy having your face melted all proper like.
Listen in below.
Wish You Well … And Goodbye arrives October 28th. In support, the band has lined up a few tour dates over the next few weeks.
Bad Cop 2014 Tour Dates:
10/27 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
11/01 – Bowling Green, KY @ Tidballs
11/06 – Springfield, MO @ Bar & Arcade
11/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
11/09 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway