Philadeplhia's Cop Problem are fucking pissed. Deborah Cohen's raw, throaty vocals are brimming angst, frustration, and rage, gargled together into political diatribes determined to stir the masses from their apathetic slumber. Combined with the belligerent hardcore riffing of guitarist Randon Martin and bassist Donny Mutt and the d-beat drumming of Joshua Cohen, the monster that is Cop Problem has delivered three vitriolic tracks that have the same kind of impact as that of a nail spiked-baton tied to a wrecking ball falling from the sky on a day when gravity decides to make life that little bit more difficult to drag yourself out of bed. Nope, Cop Problem aren't taking any shit from anyone.
'Monuments' opens – deceptively – with an intro of crashing cymbals, slow rolling drums, and a distorted guitar melody before a torrent of the hardest of hard hardcore is unleashed. At two and a half minutes, there's more to this song than a track twice or even three times its duration and much more than what you'd expect from any punk-laced hardcore band. 'Along for the Ride' gets straight to the point, cramming more venomous melody and barbed bile into its ninety seconds than imaginable. And at five minutes, 'Blinded By Power' is dynamically more challenging and is a relentless barrage that contains – shock horror! – a slow interlude with some great melodic guitar work and spoken word vocals that heightens the intensity of the political bent that is the band's message. What Cop Problem has packed into eight minutes here is frightening when compared to what a lot of other bands try to get into five times that amount! An album from Cop Problem will no doubt be dangerous. Who said politics was boring?
- Along for the Ride
- Blinded By Power