Los Angeles punk quartet Bad Cop Bad Cop have shared the lead single from their forthcoming third album.
Simple Girl is the first taste of The Ride, which will be released on Fat Wreck Chords on June 19.
It boasts all the elements of BCBC’s sound: big guitars, locked-in bass and drums, intricate vocal harmonies, and plenty of attitude.
Vocalist/guitarist Stacey Dee said: “I wrote Simple Girl in response to what the man I’m seeing said to me when pausing our relationship….’We both have complicated lives, the next person I’m going to be with is going to be simple.’
“It hurt and got me thinking. I decided then to make a declaration of everything I am and am proud to be.”
Bad Cop Bad Cop were formed in 2011 by Dee and bassist Jen Carlson, who left after their first 7in, but introduced the band to her replacement, Linh Le. The line-up is completed by Myra Gallarza (drums) and Jennie Cotterill (vocals/guitar).
Their big break came when they were signed by NOFX main man Fat Mike,who runs Fat Wreck Chords, which released their debut album Not Sorry in 2015.
The band were asked to play on the label’s subsequent 25th anniversary tour, but had to leave when Dee suffered problems with drug addiction.
Fat Mike supported her in her recovery and the band said they grew even closer after going through this experience.
Second album Warriors appeared in June 2017, exactly two years after their first, and the band then took part in the Vans Warped Tour. In 2018 they appeared at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool.
There’s more to Bad Cop Bad Cop than your average pop-punk band. Yes, they have a catchy pop-punk sound, but they aren’t afraid to tackle serious subject in their songs, like equality and gender-related aggression.
“We tend to stick up for the underdog,” Dee concludes. “It hurts us when anyone is marginalized. I was so negative for most of my life. After changing my life, I have been trying to focus on strength, connectedness and positivity.