Hot Cops are one the brightest three-pieces to come out of Belfast in recent times. A self-proclaimed mixture between Pavement and Deerhunter, the recent release of Dumbbo/Auto via Paper Trail Records has certainly raised eyebrows. We caught up with frontman Carl Eccles to find out what it's like to be Hot Cops. Third Introducing...
"The main drive is to create songs that we like and to then play those songs to strangers and see if it makes them feel anything. We're not really political but I try to channel any of my personal feelings with current events or social ideologies into something that others might relate to. I'd like it if people listened to our songs and addressed toxic apathetic behaviours within themselves. Not caring is so boring".
"Belfast is pretty good for music in that there's a lot of new and different artists producing lots of new and different music from each other. There's definitely a community and it's interesting because a lot the same people are involved in each other's projects, which at first seems kinda insular, but it's mostly friendly collaborative people who try to be inclusive".
"The only story I am ever thinking about is Point Break (directed by Kathryn Bigelow) and I'd consider it a pretty apt summary of our music, especially the part where Anthony Kiedis shoots himself in the foot".
£100 + Stone Roses Hat
"We'd just buy more cigarettes and get an early night. All I know is that Conor wouldn't wear the very special "Born to Ride" trucker hat I got him for his birthday despite our close friendship and the hat's factual message, so he probably wouldn't wear the Stone Roses hat. If he did I'd be heartbroken".
"Physical releases give us an underserved sense of self-satisfaction and a touch of validation. Plus if they don't sell you just have a healthy supply of artisanal frisbees"
Hot Cops latest 7 inch record includes two beautifully crafted songs. Dumbbo is a rough-edged track with dive-bombing guitars, driving bass-lines, and dissonant harmonies. Over an ascendant surge of swirling looped guitars and crashing drums, Carl Eccles repeats "when I say your name I choke", like someone who's just woken from a coma. With a building-up-to-reach-a-climax type of structure, the band really get the ears intrigued, leaving you wanting to hear all the little subtleties each verse will bring into the song.
The disarming Auto shows off the wide stylistic range Hot Cops are able to offer. It showcases a more casual, laconic delivery. It also demonstrates how the band Rock and Roll style always seems to prevail. They don't rely on power, but on hitting it right, not loud; that's how they convey their music.