Bad Cop/Bad Cop
(Fat Wreck Chords)
The California punk rock four-piece Bad Cop/Bad Cop have been through a VH1’s Behind The Music’s-worth of living since their 2015 full length debut, Not Sorry. The band has had some amazing highs – turning in a nearly flawless record, touring the globe – and some equally bitter lows – a stint in rehab, thoughts of calling it a day – but they have emerged with another brilliant record and resolve to carry on.
Warriors, a particularly apt title, finds the Bad Cop/Bad Cop playing with an intensity that is rarely captured this well in a studio. Co-vocalists/guitarists Stacey Dee and Jennie Cotterill complement each other exceptionally and Linh Le and Mayra Gallarza are one of the strongest punk rock rhythm sections since Glenn Matlock and Paul Cook.
Lyrically the band even manage to surpass the work off of Not Sorry, no easy feat, on songs like “I’m Done” and “Womanarchist”. In doing so, they bring back a much-needed political ferocity, with equal measures of humor, that is sorely needed in today’s current political climate. We may be imploding as a country, but Warriors is a perfect soundtrack for these red-hatted cynical times.