Ex Cops: November 25, 2014 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 30, 2014

[photos by acidjack]

Just two years after bursting onto the scene with their “You Are A Lamb, I Am A Lion” single, the duo (touring trio) Ex Cops are two albums in and continuing to hone their craft. This show, coming near the end of the run for beloved Williamsburg venue Glasslands, celebrated the release of the band’s latest effort, Daggers, a full-length chock-full of ear-catching dream pop hooks and key guest appearances by Ariel Pink and LP. The synth-driven pop created by Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding seems tailor-made to reach larger audiences, and with the backing of both Billy Corgan and Sky Ferreira producer Justin Raisen, it seems likely that it will.

Unlike some of their peers, Ex Cops separate themselves from the pack by splitting the difference between straight synth pop and rock, with Harding’s guitar leads trading focus with Bruun’s work on the keys depending on the song. While Ariel Pink wasn’t in attendance for “Tragically Alright”, the Daggers track on which he participates, the band still made the downbeat number one of the night’s highlights. It’s a welcome stylistic counterpoint to the strong first single, “Black Soap”, which seems as dancefloor-ready as the former track is for the trip home. This tidy half-hour set focused on the new record, though it led off with a slowed-down version of “Separator”, one of the strongest songs off of last year’s album, True Hallucinations. The set left us wanting more, while confirming that the band has the live chops to go with the songcraft we’d already come to dig. The band played their first show at Glasslands, and while this will be their last in the venue, I’m confident we’ll be seeing them out and about in other places plenty in 2015.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a custom soundboard feed from Glasslands engineer Mathew Scheiner. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Schoeps MK41 (ROC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Mathew Scheiner>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, limiter, light dynamics)>Izotope Ozone 5 (image, EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Separator
02 Black Soap
03 Burnt Out Love
04 White Noise
05 Tragically Alright
06 Wanna Be
07 Rooms

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ex Cops, visit their website, and buy Daggers on iTunes or grab it from your favorite streaming service.

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