Release – Cop Shoot Cop
So there I am in some small town in Oregon watching Snowboarding videos with a friend and on comes this song “Any Day Now” which spoke over and over of all the things he will eventually get to doing, like…getting a job and shaving his head to taking his conscious out to lunch and blowing his brains out on T.V. this album with a dominating bass-line that reached out and slapped me in my face mixed with witty and sarcastically dark lyrics written by front man Todd A. definitely makes you pay attention to say the least. I was hooked. I went right out and bought “Release”.
Release is Cop Shoot Cop’s fourth and last album released Sept 13, 1994 and from track 1 “Interlude” which starts out with that bass slapping you in the face again and the first line being about forgetting the lyrics, all the way to track 13 never loses your attention. Cop Shoot Cop is unique in the way that they have a double base and no lead guitar. So they are definitely a hard-hitting get you pumped up rock band but props to them for have their original take on things.
Some of my personal favorites being “It Only Hurts When I Breath” with a bit a nice piano. ‘Any Day Now” “Swimming in Circles” and lets not forget “The Divorce” with an intro that is that bass line and a slow story being told when about just over a minute in. It starts hitting hard for like 30 seconds then back to the bass line and a slow spooky story being told. It is definitely if you like one song, you will like the album kind of thing.
Cop Shoot Cop has been called Industrial but I disagree. Not this album anyway. I would say Cop Shoot Cop “Release” is a New York 90’s punk band album but original for sure, something you just have to listen for yourself. I can’t compare this album to any another. They did develop a bit of a cult following and have been on tour with Iggy Pop. Never broking into the mainstream.
This is without a doubt one of my favorite albums. I wish more people could enjoy it. But it is a hard one to find and this album “Release” actually sales for some pretty decent $$ among Cop Shoot Cop followers. Of course and I gave my copy to someone who “lost” it.
review by RESiN Magazine