Cop Shades

Cop Shades EP

Written by: PP on 10/03/2010 18:25:34

"Someone has been listening to an unhealthy amount of Kyuss and Fu Manchu" is what comes to mind when listening to Moncton, Canada based stoner rocker duo Cop Shades and their five track self-titled EP. The pairing focuses solely on drums, electronic samples and brooding bass lines, so if you're one of those people who can't stand bass-heavy music where guitar is non existent, you might as well stop reading now, because guitar isn't one of the instruments involved with this EP.

So like I said, Cop Shades play groovy, extremely bass-heavy Kyuss / Fu Manchu inspired stoner rock, characterized by fuzzy, vibrating bass lines that occasionally step into morbid sounds as well, spiced up with some sampled electronics on the background for added noise-effect. The singer's faded away croon contains some mild psychedelia for all you Zeppelin fans out there, so you've got your rather typical stoner rock cocktail ready for consumption right here. To distinguish themselves from the other Kyuss sound-alikes, Cop Shades has interesting song titles like "I Shit Ponies", "North Korean Arts Degree" and "Gentlemen's Concentration Camp" among their repertoire, and while that made me raise an eyebrow or two at first, the reality is that there's just no way you wouldn't immediately associate these guys with one of the stoner rock heavyweights mentioned before. Whether or not that's a bad thing depends entirely on your perception of Kyuss in general, but if you're at all like me, and find bass-heavy output rather messy and far too unpolished for your liking, then stick to Queens Of The Stone Age instead when it comes to this kind of music.


Download: North Korean Arts Degree
For the fans of: Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Queens Of The Stone Age
Listen: Myspace

Release date 12.02.2010
Superbob Records

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