Hot Cops - 'Passive / Passive'
Info: Back in April last year I had to sit on Hot Cops' double A-side 'Decay / Six' for three weeks that felt like an eternity so eager was I to share it. Eight months have passed since then and thankfully the Belfast three-piece have come back on form with new single 'Passive Passive' which officially releases on the 8th of February, with a launch gig in Sweeney's in Dublin on the 3rd followed by a show in their home city.
'Passive Passive' opens with an electrifying guitar intro leading to deep toned and moody vocal solos and harmonies. The band's affection for Californian lo-fi indie geniuses Pavement comes through with the vibe straddling somewhere between Wowee Zowee and Brighten the Corners. Before all that happens though I was hearing some Placebo sounds on bass and in the vocals, think a less hysterical 'Nancy Boy'.
This is not an exercise in comparisons however, and Hot Cops have maintained the traits which caused much excitement following their previous releases, powerful and heavy bass-lines, interloping moments of sparsity and crashing guitars and drums all coupled with an ability to write songs that genuinely have us badly craving more and more. Easily one of the hottest tickets in Ireland at the moment and when the time is right, an album will provide something we can feed our fixes with.
'Passive Passive' is available for pre-order and limited vinyl at Hot Cops' Bandcamp page here http://hot-cops.bandcamp.com/ and tickets to their show in Sweeney's off Dame Street are available here http://papertrailrecords.eventbrite.ie/
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