It’s been a hectic couple of years since Los Angeles punk quartet Bad Cop/Bad Cop dropped their
debut full-length, Not Sorry. The band spent a huge chunk of the intervening time on the road, like
most bands do – and they wound up discovering some ugly things about themselves, like most bands
do. Only for Bad Cop/Bad Cop, it got very serious, very quickly. “We were on the Fat Wreck Chords
25th anniversary tour in 2015, and Stacey was partying really hard,” says co-vocalist Jennie Cotterill.
“She ended up bottoming out on the tour, and we had to leave. It was not a good separation. We
had to go home and drop off the tour and figure out if we were still a band, what are we going to do
about Stacey… Thankfully, Fat helped send her to detox, and she came out of that as a completely
new person with a totally different trajectory.” Out of that experience came “Amputations,” one of
the highlights on Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s explosive second album, Warriors.
Many of the album’s most cathartic, aggressive moments come from the mind of co-vocalist Stacey
Dee, who after going through the darkest time of her life has come out stronger than ever. Instead of
focusing solely on her own issues, she was able to expand her horizons, writing songs as poignant as
“Victoria” (about a friend’s child who committed suicide) and “Womanarchist” (in which Dee
namedrops Revolutionary War heroine Nancy Morgan Hart and Joan of Arc while proclaiming she
wants “to make the whole world feminist”). Dee explains much of her expanded worldview came in
the wake of the 2016 presidential election, making Warriors one of the first punk albums written in
the Trump era.
The foursome began recording immediately following a successful tour with the Interrupters last fall,
spending roughly six weeks between Hurley Studios and Maple Sound Studios with their longtime
collaborator and producer Davey Warsop between December 2016 and February 2017, with Jason
Livermore (Descendents, Lagwagon) responsible for mixing and mastering – and just like on Not
Sorry, Fat Wreck Chords founder Fat Mike chimed in with plenty of ideas as well.
Dee: “I was so negative for most of my life. After changing my life, I have been trying to focus on
strength, connectedness and positivity. I think this record is a good start.”