May 7, 2014 | , | 3.75

Cop Problem, Buried Beneath White Noise

Cop Problem: Buried Beneath White Noise

If you like your music clean, unhurried and polished, then you may want to stop reading now. Cop Problem’s Buried Beneath White Noise is the antithesis of shiney and clean. This four track EP delivers a heaping pile of angst and political outrage in just a hair of ten minutes. It goes by as violently as it begins and you’re left drooling for more.

“Bear Witness” explodes out of the gate with Deb Cohen’s scathing vocals as the rest of the guys (Joshua Cohen on drums, guitarist Randon Martinand bassist George Grimaldi) beat the ever loving shit out of themselves and their equipment in support. The air is filled with crusty, angry-as-fuck hardcore with a decidedly metal leaning. Not just that, but there’s also an aggressive urgency to the band’s sound that let’s you know they mean business.

“From Within” has a bit of a Strike Anywhere and Strung Out vibe as it gets started before it devolves and reforms time and again in its short run time. Hell, the group even throws in a good bit of melody into the mix as tempos lurch and explode in furious blasts. It’s an unorganized sounding track, but that only proves to make it that much more addictive. “Who Really Pays?” presents and darker and more dense overall sound than the first two tracks. It’s just as frantic though and the band tears through it with reckless abandon.

I’m not all that big in political bands so to speak, but I do love me some seriously pissed off music and that’s what we’ve got here with Buried Beneath White Noise. I’ve listened to enough goregrind and social outrage in music through the years that I tend to tone out bands’ messages, but there’s just something about the four songs here that I really, really like.