Bad Cop/Bad Cop – The Ride (Album Review)

Bad Cop/Bad Cop – The Ride
Released: June 19, 2020

Bad Cop/Bad Cop lineup:

Stacey Dee | Vocals/Guitar
Jennie Cotterill | Vocals/Guitar
Linh Le | Vocals/Bass
Myra Gallarza | Drums

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As a long-time fan of the Fat Wreck Chord label, I’m always up for checking out a new release from their legendary roster. This time it is the new full length from the awesome punk ladies of Bad Cop/Bad Cop. The Ride offers a mixture of political messages, positivity and self-acceptance backed with some killer punk rock riffs, making for a great listen.

The opening track, ‘Originators’, sets things up for the whole experience, with fuzzy guitars and some great vocal harmonies, and a tight as hell rhythm section. ‘Certain Kind of Monsters’ offers a powerful stand in the line Don’t call people illegal / When they’ve done nothing wrong, while ‘Take My Call’ is a belter of a song.

I’ve had the video for ‘Simple Girl’ on loop all week, such a great song with an awesome message for women all around the globe, held together with a pop punk riff that you can’t help but dance to. ‘Breastless’ is an honest song that deals with Stacey Dee’s experience with being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 (which they caught early, so were able to treat before it spread,) and earns a place as a highlight of the album. ‘Perpetual Motion Machine’ asks the listener to find the ability to love themselves, while ‘Community’ sprouts the joys of coming together with your friends and relying on them for support. BCBC deliver another message on US immigration issues via ‘Pursuit of Liberty,’ with more cool vocal harmonies and a belter of a riff, while ‘The Mirage’ could be described as the closest thing to the album’s ballad.

Two more short and sweet bangers come in the form of ‘I Choose’ and ‘Chisme’ that will go down well with punk audiences when these songs are finally able to be performed in a live setting, before the album comes to a close with ‘Sing With Me,’ a part acoustic anthem that invites you to do just that as the song trails out.

With The Ride, Bad Cop/Bad Cop have delivered an enjoyable album that reminds me of why the label they’re a part of is so legendary, and at this point might be one of my favourite albums this year with an excellently produced sound, and hopefully when things get back to normal we see BCBC make it back to Australia to play these awesome songs live.

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Bad Cop/Bad Cop – The Ride tracklisting

1. Originators
2. Certain Kind of Monsters
3. Take My Call
4. Simple Girl
5. Breastless
6. Perpetual Motion Machine
7. Community
8. Pursuit Of Liberty
9. The Mirage
10. I Choose
11. Chisme
12. Sing With Me.

Rating: 9/10
The Ride is Out tomorrow via Fat Wreck Chords. Pre-Order here
Review By – Simon Valentine (@SimonValentine1)

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