LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2013 — The world of hip hop and punk rock smashed into one another on Friday night at Los Globos in Los Angeles. Bad Cop / Bad Cop shared the stage with French Exit, Knives and Gasoline, Rhetoric Ramirez, Adder, and kid DEAD.
Rhetoric Ramirez, Adder and kid DEAD are all hip hop artists. Each of them are one man shows, rappers and DJs all rolled into one. This worked very well. kid DEAD, who opened the show, came all the way from Memphis and did not disappoint.
Following kid DEAD was Adder, who sounded like he used a sample from the Fletch theme, but when asked about it, he could not recall using any samples from the movie. Either way, he was good. Rhetoric Ramirez followed Adder and was also pretty good.
Knives and Gasoline went on next and broke from the established hip hop theme that began the night. They are a two person group from Los Angeles with Noel “Deeskee” DeMello as the DJ and singing backup vocals and Stacey Dee on vocals and guitar. They have a very melodic alternative sound, but you can sense that there is a punk rock monster scratching just beneath the surface.
Stacey Dee was very entertaining as she danced around the tiny stage while singing and playing guitar. She even stepped into the crowd to embrace and dance with fans after she put the guitar away. Friday’s show may or may not have been the last show for Knives and Gasoline. Hopefully it is not and if you see them on a flyer for an upcoming show, make sure you get off your couch and check them out. They are well worth it.
The French Exit is a punk band from Los Angeles. The four piece group is mainly pop punk, but throw some faster parts into most of their songs to keep their edge. The vocals were shared by the bass player and lead guitar player. The drums are really what make this band fun to watch.
Bad Cop / Bad Cop closed out the show. This band consists of four women, Linh Le on bass, Myra Gallarza on drums, Jennie Cotterill and Stacey Dee, both on guitars. Everyone except Myra sings at various times and the lead vocals are split between Jennie and Stacey. Hailing from the great city of Los Angeles, Bad Cop / Bad Cop spits out fast melodic punk rock songs that are very catchy and stick in your head.
Myra Gallarza’s drums were great, hard hitting and they kept the songs steadily moving forward. Linh Le has a Black Flag tattoo on her wrist, so there really is not much else that needs to be said about her. Along with the drums, Le’s bass lines were solid and provided that driving force that keeps your toe tapping and your head bopping.
Jennie Cotterill and Stacey Dee are the perfect guitar and vocal match. While normally it is a pretty even split, on this night, Stacey Dee provided more of the lead vocals and Cotterill’s vocals punched in and out at just the right times. Like a NoFX song once said, “it’s got backup vocals in just the right places. It’s got a few ooh’s and aah’s.” Linh Le is excellent at providing oozin’ aahs.
Both Stacey Dee and Jennie Cotterill are fantastic guitar players and could carry the group on their own.
Bad Cop / Bad Cop is a great band that blends fast skate punk with a more melodic vocal line. Fans of pop punk would surely enjoy them without a doubt. What makes Bad Cop / Bad Cop rad is that fans of harder punk will also enjoy the fast songs. It is not often that a band perfectly sits on the fence of the two punk styles.
All in all, it was a great night and not a bad idea to mix hip hop with punk rock. Stacey Dee pulled double duty, playing in both Knives and Gasoline and Bad Cop / Bad Cop. All of the bands were great.
Bad Cop / Bad Cop is playing next on May 24 at VLHS in Pomona. You can and will buy the Bad Cop / Bad Cop 7” here. A digital download is available as well.
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