Cop Problem: Buried Beneath White Noise

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Cop Problem: Buried Beneath White Noise
Hardcore, Punk
The Compound/Earsplit Distro
October 24th, 2013
Release length: 10:15
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Philadelphia’s Hardcore/Punk group Cop Problem return with a brand new four song EP titled Buried Beneath White Noise. Recorded at Studio 4 with Will Yip as producer and engineer, this offering is meant as a precursor to an upcoming album due sometime in 2014. This release will be made available digitally through the group, and also can be yours to own vinyl through the Earsplit Compound, as well as Prejudice Me Records over in Europe. With a strong following behind this aggressive and pissed off politically fuelled group, it’s hard not to get excited about taking that sample taste of what’s to come next year. But with the band quoted in the press release as stating they “blazed through these tracks” in the studio during a recording session for a covers compilation, one can only wonder if it was the right move for the band, or if it wound up producing a horribly rushed recording not worth your time.

Buried Beneath White Noise only clocks in around ten minutes, but there’s still plenty to embrace, as well as dislike. The energy and raw aggression is captured perfectly here. “Bear Witness” hits with a mid-tempo assault of two-step drumming and technical riffs that find some groove-oriented bridges at work, such as around the end of the track. Meanwhile there’s “From Within”, which kicks off using some depressing chords with a heavy haunting echo effect that sets a similar atmosphere strong enough to stick around through the whole performance, even after the pace picks up. “American Spring” finds some deeper notes that seem to try and give it a burdening sensation, but instead end up a little thin and over simplified at times.

While the music is really good aside “American Spring”, Buried Beneath White Noise suffers greatly from the vocals. In fact, they are downright painful to sit through. While executed with plenty of enthusiasm, as well as are levelled properly against the music, it simply is one note shouting. Once in a while you’ll hear them trail off and give the slightest hint of range, as well as background shouting, but most of the time it’s the same harsher screaming from start to finish that doesn’t always stay on key with the music.

For being a bit of a rushed recording, Buried Beneath White Noise only suffers from the one-pitch vocal approach used. Musically, it sounds great, and while deeply rooted in Hardcore and Punk, you can sometimes find a Post-Hardcore influence to the atmosphere of certain songs. Cop Problem do put their best foot forward, and if the one glaring issue can be resolved for next years full-length, then it will be a recording that greatly stands out within the genre. As for which version you want to get, that is entirely up to you, but from the songs in this digital review copy, it’s obvious that the vinyl pressing will cater to the raw aggression far better than the crisp digital files.

01. Bear Witness – 2:35
02. From Within – 2:48
03. Who Really Pays? – 1:38
04. American Spring – 3:15
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Earsplit Compound via Earsplit PR.