It’s no secret that I love Bad Cop/Bad Cop. Ever since seeing them open for the Gimmes last year, I have been hooked on their infectious 3-part harmony pop punk sound. I have also had the pleasure of becoming friends with these 4 awesome boss ladies and anxiously awaited their debut full length album, Not Sorry. Luckily, I live in LA and have seen them play live more times than I can count; over the last year I heard many of the new songs played live as I waited for the album.
It should be no surprise that I loved Not Sorry and have had it on constant repeat over the last two weeks. It’s, in my opinion, a masterpiece from start to finish. I then had the distinct pleasure of attending their record release show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA – the first night of their current tour. It’s one thing to hear a band debut new material at a show; it’s another thing to hear them share the new tunes with a crowd of people singing along because they were just as excited to have the new album.
The first act of the night was Decent Criminal, a band from NorCal that is currently out on tour with Bad Cop/Bad Cop, playing shows across the southwest. The band kicked up the energy of the night and set a tone for the rest of the show.
The Bombpops, fresh off their European tour, were up next. I love this band as well and they often play with BC/BC. These four truly know how to put on a show – ripping through their catalogue with a little bit of banter and a whole lot of attitude. They closed out their set with the title track of their latest EP, Can O’ Worms, and it just made you wish they were putting out a new full-length soon!
Bad Cop/Bad Cop took the stage next to celebrate Not Sorry and all of the blood, sweat, and tears that they put into it! The band killed their set, playing tracks off Not Sorry like “Nightmare,” “Support,” and “Cheers” in addition to some older favorites like “Cucumber” and “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.” Alex’s Bar was packed with people dancing, singing, and pumping their fists in the air. If you have not had an opportunity to see Bad Cop/Bad Cop yet, do yourself a favor and check them out on any of their upcoming tours (including the Fat Wreck 25th anniversary tour this summer).
You might have thought that was the end of the night, but you would be wrong! Long Beach was also treated to a set from Guttermouth, who took the stage and immediately tore through their set. Many people in the crowd were sporting Guttermouth merch and you can tell they were excited for the show. I managed to snap a few shots, but needed to get out of that crowd before I had a broken camera on my hands!
Check out our full gallery from the show below!