Heliotropes

Heliotropes

Heliotropes hail from Brooklyn, NY. With a sound described as “doomy
pop” - containing elements of shoegaze, goth and classic psych metal -
Heliotropes blend influences from Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Black
Sabbath and My Blood Valentine. On this lo-fi EP, the guitar riffs are
murky, the drums are bludgeoning, and the shrills of the violin are
haunting. But it is California native Jessica Numsuwankijkul’s
detached, wistful vocals - which bring to mind Richard Ashcroft meets
Mazzy Star - that turn spacey dissonance into beautiful hypnotic rock.

III is an EP that shows a lot of potential for a group of talented
musicians and songwriters, who are sure to carve out their own space
in an exciting, emerging (and hopefully lasting) trend in independent
music.

This band is called Bad Cop, from Nashville, Tennessee, and at the center of it are the things that make all great rock bands the way they are: tight musicianship, remarkable songwriting, and above all, the ability to pull together a performance that makes you believe whatever frontman Adam Moult tells you. The songs on Bad Cop’s forthcoming EP play as instantly memorable, catchy pop melodies – because, after all, they are, whether creaking across the wooden barroom floor or barreling full-speed towards the reckless abandon of hardcore punk. But moreover, there is a spirit, wild-eyed and desperate, pulling you in no matter what their approach may be.

First drawing inspiration from iconic groups like The Doors, The MC5, Joy Division, and Nirvana, Moult set out onto the punk scene in Nashville in 2002, playing with bands at Guido’s Pizza when he was just 12 years old. Three years afterwards, he was sent away against his will to Hidden Lake Institution, an “alternative to prison” boarding school in the Georgia mountains, a facility that’s since been sued out of existence due to allegations of abuse. Through two years of such dark, nightmarish conditions, this young man kept his time growing up around music as the means to keep him going in there, writing his first songs while incarcerated, and starting a new band the moment he was able to return home.

That band was Bad Cop, and following a string of demos and the full-length Harvest The Beast, released on iconic punk label, NYC’s ROIR Records, in 2010, Moult found himself dismantling the lineup that had been circling around the band since its earliest day, working with new bands, but continually changing members and keeping himself as the center song writer. Although some of the songs his band mates write parts of it, Moult does the majority of the band's writing, and so with a renewed interest in 60's rock n roll and glam rock. “I'm kind of the dark horse band in Nashville,” claims Moult, diverging from other sects of the local scene to build his own following on his own terms.

And the path Adam ended up taking has opened up Bad Cop to new possibilities and solid friends, like Cage the Elephant, who handpicked Bad Cop to support them on their 2012 tour, and whose guitarist
Brad Schultz wound up liking the band enough to produce their latest EP, which is due for release in mid 2013. Tracks like “Light On” linger with a hangdog leer that only intensifies its allure as it rolls onward,
while burners like “Post Mcdonalds Punks” know better than to try to subvert their high-octane punk roots and fuckin’ floor it. Moult attributes the change in direction from earlier efforts to the cumulative effects of
being a music obsessive. “You hear music that’s new to you, you start to make connections. It’s showed me that we can make music that other people can relate too, i feel like my generation, the late 80s/early 90s babies have been apart of one of the craziest periods of time, and i really and trying to mirror or vocalize how that feels and what the entails, cause it's a very odd time, and very hard times for a lot of people."

Following the release of a split 7” with fellow Nashville band Turbo Fruits, Bad Cop will be finishing up work on their new EP, currently being recorded at Battletapes in Nashville, due out sometime in summer 2012. “We play so that the people in the crowd will have the chance to step out of their lives for 30-45 minutes and help them to feel free.” says Moult, before staring down at the floor "we just want, i dno, to make good music, that helps people feel total freedom throughout our set..thats all."

Brooklyn post-punk trio FAN-TAN are nearing completion of their debut LP entitled A Strange Game. Last month they released the album's first single "1989" to overwhelmingly complimentary reviews. The song is available as a free download at their bandcamp site. A Strange Game will be out later this year, with a US tour to follow.

FAN-TAN have come to be well-known for their intense live performances, melding swirling guitar noise and icy bass to post-punk rhythms, haloed by sharp, lilting vocal melodies. Like a more rigid MBV or a less rigid Gang of Four. A more dramatic JAMC. A kinder Suicide.

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Tuesday, June 18 · Doors 8:30 PM at Glasslands Gallery