Smash Magazine Presents
Propagandhi, RVIVR, Bad Cop Bad Cop
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89169
This event is all ages
Political, yet humorous punk rock band from Winnipeg, Canada. Formed in 1989, they were one of the first bands to sign to Fat Wreck Chords. In 1997 singer / songwriter / bassist John K. Samson left the group to pursue other interests and eventually start another band, The Weakerthans. The remaining members of the group continued to work on Propagandhi material as well as starting their own label, G7 Welcoming Committee.
RVIVR is a punk band from Olympia, WA with members of Latterman, Shorebirds, Hooky, Socks & Sandals, Casual Lust, Lightnin' Round and Glue!
Bad Cop Bad Cop
"Shove your labels / we'll flip your tables / and we won't apologize / for causing a scene." – Bad Cop/Bad Cop, My Life
The lyric above is essentially a mission statement for Bad Cop/Bad Cop, who prove that the best way to battle sexist stereotypes about women in bands is to play well, and to play hard.
With catchy hooks, three part harmonies, and a drummer who fires her guns harder than most of her male compatriots, Bad Cop/Bad Cop bring to mind the '90s heyday of chicks who actually rocked, from the snarl of The Distillers and synchronized vocals of Dance Hall Crashers to the guitar prowess of The Muffs and wry lyrics of Lunachicks.
All hailing from different parts of the U.S., the foursome met in Los Angeles while playing in bands like Compton SF, The Radio Sweetheart, The D'Maggs, The City, Angry Amputees, and Cunt Sparrer. Eventually realizing that their combined talents and influences would be greater than the sum of their parts, they launched the band in 2011 and quickly became the big sisters of the DIY punk scene, about which Jennie says "We have been so lucky to participate in such a supportive, inclusive, and active scene [with] great people working together and encouraging each other."
After playing at the "Lilith Bear" party during San Francisco Bear Pride 2013, they were supported and encouraged by an unlikely audience member: NOFX's Fat Mike. "After our set, Mike approached and said he liked all the songs and decided then that he was going to do something with our band. I almost crapped myself, and the rest is history," says Dee
With a self-released 7" in 2013, the "Boss Lady EP" released on Fat Wreck Chords made its way onto numerous top 10 lists in 2014. Bad Cop/Bad Cop are looking forward to the release of their first full-length album, produced by Fat Mike, out on Fat Wreck Chords 2015.