The Scary Clown Presents…
BAD COP BAD COP
& WONK UNIT
Yep you are reading that right – in a time of cancelled gigs and lack of hugs, we are still here planning to bring you more amazing times when we can. So our first announcement for coming gigs in 2021 (it will be a fine year!) is a MASSIVE GIG!
BAD COP BAD COP of Fat Wreck fame will be touring Europe in 2021, and will be playing many of the most famous venues in the UK for the DIY punk scene. That, of course, includes our very own Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge in Stamford! Don’t ask us how we’ve done it, or how many body parts we’ve had to sell to be able to bring you not only our amazing American headliners, but also friends of SCP and leaders of the UK scene, WONK UNIT! Just buy tickets as soon as you can and stop us going even greyer! Extra support TBC.
DATE: Doors 7.30pm, 18th November, 2021.
First band: 8pm
Venue: Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford, Lincs.
In a time of chronic rage, happiness is revolutionary.
Bad Cop Bad Cop has done angry. The band’s 2017 full-length, Warriors, was recorded in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. The Los Angeles quartet’s new full-length, The Ride (Fat Wreck Chords, June 19th), shows what happens when you come out the other side of that anger.
“It’s not that I am just stoked or blind to suffering,” says singer-guitarist Jennie Cotterill. “I think anger is a legitimate and understandable reaction to injustice and wrongdoing. It’s just that for myself, I am trying to move past ‘reaction’ into productive ‘response.’”
The message BCBC is sending this time around is less about wagging your finger at others, or giving the middle one to the Man, than it is about self-love and acceptance. As Cotterill puts it, “Love is a more powerful truth than anger.” That positivity fuels many of The Ride’s tracks: “Originators,” “Simple Girl,” “Community,” “I Choose,” “Perpetual Motion Machine,” and “The Mirage” exude confidence, gratitude, and compassion. In 2020, such things qualify as contrarian.
“These are political statements—self-love is a huge fucking statement,” affirms singer-guitarist Stacey Dee. “Self-love means putting a fix on the problems at home before trying to fix everything in the world. It’s asking people to find it in themselves to create the life that they really want to have so they’re not in turmoil, so they’re not in a place of stress and sickness.”