Entries tagged with: Cop Problem
by Doug Moore
Kerry King of Slayer (more by Caroline Harrison)
Now that we're in December's not-terribly-icy-so-far clutches, things have finally begun to slow significantly on the heavy music front, but the newswire never goes cold! There was a lot to talk about this week, and some totally killer shows coming up this weekend -- most notably, Canadian war metal horde Revenge's two-night NYC debut at Saint Vitus, which starts tonight (12/6) with support from Abazagorath, Krieg, and Woe and which continues tomorrow (12/7) with support from Masoleum, Engorge, and Mutilation Rites. We celebrated this rare event with a war-themed East Village Radio show.
Here's some other stuff you might've missed:
This was an unusually busy week for music videos in the metal world. We debuted two: a Deicide video at Invisible Oranges and a Rabbits video here at BV. High on Fire popped one out too, and Watain tried their hands at the form for the first time. (Converge posted a teaser video for their upcoming Live at the BBC 7", if that counts.) But Behemoth won out easily, both with the quality of the video and of the accompanying song, which heralds their first new LP since 2009.
We also had some face time with big names: we interviewed Dave Vincent of Morbid Angel and Joakim Stermer of Necrophobic over at IO, plus some extensive thoughts regarding recent live performances by Slayer and Monster Magnet.
Some other odds and ends: Carcass, Gorguts and more will be on the road next year for the 2014 Decibel Tour. Metal Church, or what remains of them, announced a tour and a show at Vitus. Somewhat less-aged local phenoms Unlocking the Truth got their first taste of rockstar ad revenue. A ton of metal bands posed for photos with their cats at Obituary's behest for the benefit of feral cats in Tampa. And we ran down all the new metal releases that are fit to buy, as we do weekly.
Some other noteworthy shows this weekend: Negative Approach & the Casualties at Europa on Friday; Valkyrie with Sinister Haze & HASJ at the Acheron on Friday too; Cop Problem w/ Passage & Capacity at Acheron on Saturday (12/7); & Zevious, Hyrrokkin, and Pants Exploder at Union Pool on Sunday (12/8). Keep an eye on our snazzy NYC metal show calendar for your heavy show needs. It rules.
by Doug Moore
We mentioned a few weeks back that Philly hardcore act Cop Problem were preparing for both an eastern US tour and a new EP release. We've debuted a stream of that EP, Buried Beneath White Noise, over at Invisible Oranges. From the IO writeup:
Cop Problem play a metal-leaning style of hardcore that often gets tagged as "crust", but that doesn't sound especially crusty -- it's of the hard-charging but melodic Tragedy / Catharsis variety. The band evidently recorded Buried Beneath White Noise in just two days. Good decision. This type of music does not benefit from excessive polish. The tones on this 4-song EP are clear but live-sounding, as punk recordings should be. Urgency and despondence come in equal measure: guitarist Randon Martin's melodies are sometimes so bright that they sound naïve, especially over Joshua Cohen's occasional blasts. Eventually, though, they always return to earth.You can check out the full writeup over at IO.
Cop Problem's tour hits Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday, 12/7, along with Passage, Capacities, Lords of Death, and Old Lines (who are also touring). Tickets are available. Stream all of Buried Beneath White Noise and check out the full run of Cop Problem dates below.
by Andrew Sacher
Cop Problem (photo via Bora Chung)
Two crust/D-beat bands -- Philly's Cop Problem and Baltimore's Old Lines (featuring Mitch Roemer of Pulling Teeth and Ruiner) -- are going on tours this year and crossing paths for a few shows together along the way. One of those dates happens at Brooklyn punk venue Acheron on December 7. Advance tickets for that show are not on sale at the moment, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed below.
Cop Problem just announced that they'll release the followup to their 2012 EP with a new one, Buried Beneath White Noise, on October 24 (it's being self-released digitally and will be out later in the year on 7" vinyl via The Compound). The EP was produced by Philly's go-to punk producer Will Yip, who's worked with Paint It Black, Title Fight, and just put out a compilation with a bunch of the bands he's recorded. Much like last year's release, the EP's first single, "American Spring" is punishing riffy d-beat, and thanks to singer Deb Cohen's vocals, it's actually kinda catchy. You can listen to that over at Pitchfork. Check out the EP artwork, tracklist, and the video for "Monuments" from their 2012 EP, below.
Old Lines are also releasing a new 7", If You See Something, Say Something, on October 22 via Reptilian Records (pg.99), which follows their late 2012 EP. Unlike Cop Problem, who have a melodic side, Old Lines are pretty much in brutal, growly attack mode the whole time, as you can hear on the EP's new single, "Stratford." You can stream that, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
Old Lines' dates include a release show in their hometown as part of U+N Fest (10/18 - 10/19) which also includes Pissed Jeans, Roomrunner, Ex-Cult, Hunters, Jaill, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and more.
All dates are listed, along with all streams and more, below...
Make Music New York's Punk Island is back for a sixth year! From 11am until 10pm on June 22nd, hear more than 90 bands from every corner of the punk scene performing for 11 hours on seven stages, all curated by ABC No Rio's punk/hardcore collective.Check out the initial line-up for free Punk Island 2013 below...
Due to summer construction on Governors Island, Punk Island will move across the harbor to Staten Island's enormous "Coast Guard" pier, 100 yards south of the Ferry Terminal in St. George, Staten Island.
The Fest is back for round 11 (!) adding bands from across the spectrum of punk rock for the multi-day Gainesville, Florida extravaganza. The Fest announced its initial lineup earlier this month but has doubled that number, bringing the total tally to a whopping 217, and there are more to go! The lineup includes Lagwagon, Naked Raygun, Baroness, Red Fang, Off with Their Heads, Torche, Valient Thorr, 7 Seconds, F.Y.P., Braid, Titus Andronicus, Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Frank Turner and many more (see below). Tickets are now on sale (and sold out quick last year).
Full lineup is below, expect to see some surprises at The Fest as well; Sleepytime Trio reunited there last year.
Across the three songs that make up Philadelphia's Cop Problem debut 7", the foursome remind us of what started the crust movement before the fashionistas sunk their claws into it, political punk rock. Political leanings aside, the band's brand of crust mirrors that of Tragedy, employing clean guitar leads to give the galloping d-beat and piercing vocals of Deb Cohen a melodic direction that you can hum along to. Stream the band's debut 7" below and pick up a copy via the band. Want one for free? I have two available for giveaway. Details are at the bottom of this post.
Look for Cop Problem on the road in the coming weeks, though no NYC shows to speak of yet (they played ABC No Rio in February). All tour dates, the EP stream, contest details and some video, below...