LOS ANGELES, February 13, 2014 — Bad Cop / Bad Cop is a four-piece punk band from Los Angeles. The band consists of four women, Myra Gallarza on drums, Rinh Re on bass, Jennie Cotterill on guitar and vocals, and Stacey Dee also on guitar and vocals. Bad Cop / Bad Cop recently announced that they had signed with Fat Wreck Chords. The band will be releasing their new Boss Lady E.P. this spring on Fat. Bad Cop / Bad Cop took some time before a Dre Day show in Los Angeles to discuss their signing to Fat Wreck Chords.
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Kevin Wells: How did your record deal with Fat Wreck Chords come about?
Stacey Dee: It’s the best story ever. Mike has come out to see all of my other punk bands play. We’re friends, so I never thought he would sign any of my bands. I just invite him to all of my shows. I told [Mike] and his girlfriend to come out to our show because we were playing Lilith Bear [last October] and they did.
Jennie Cotterill: We should give props to those people, the Lilith Bear people. The Bears of San Francisco are some decent people.
Stacey Dee: They love us and we love them soooo much. So, Mike and Soma came. There was a s**tty PA.
Jennie Cotterill: And a fire at the bar between sound check and show, four fire trucks.
Stacey Dee: But everyone stayed and everybody came back.
Jennie Cotterill: They had drag queens. There was a bearded drag queen.
Stacey Dee: It was awesome and they all looked great. Then we got up on stage and Mike said to Soma, “If these guys sound good on this s**tty PA, then there’s got to be something to it.” So, we did and he was like, “I love every song. Fat’s gonna do something with Bad Cop / Bad Cop.” I said, “Are you f**king s**tting me? Don’t lie to me.” I got a call three days later from him saying he went and had a meeting with everybody from Fat and Fat wanted to sign Bad Cop / Bad Cop. There was not one, “No,” in the room.
Jennie Cotterill: Unanimous! And the rest is history.
Kevin Wells: How long did it take from the time you got that phone call to actually getting in and recording the E.P.?
Jennie Cotterill: It was already recorded. I work at Hurley. We recorded at Hurley Studios, not because I work there, but because they have this free program. They said, “Jenny, we heard you had a band. Do you want to come in?” So, we did the existing record there with this guy, Davey Warsop, who’s a peach. He’s one of the most adorable men ever and he’s really talented. We had already done four songs, which we had no plans or money to do anything with. Then we went to this show and played it. [Fat Wreck] said, “Do you want to do a record?” We said, “We have these four songs.” We just got the masters that week.
Stacey Dee: We were done. Mike heard the songs and he said, “I like every song. Great. Let’s put it out now and start working on the full-length right away.” We asked him to sit in and produce with us and he said, “Well, you’ve got time at Hurley, so go do it there.” We’re writing now. We’ve got a bunch of songs that we’ve written and that we just need to work out. The full-length is coming, but we’re gonna start touring on the E.P. a.s.a.p.
Kevin Wells: You are going to record the full-length at Hurley again?
Stacey Dee: Probably, yeah, because Davey’s been working with us and we like working with him. He’s been a big part of the growth of this band. We’re gonna stick with what we know.
Jennie Cotterill: so far, two E.P.s.
Stacey Dee: We’ll be demoing throughout the summer and have s**t nailed down.
Jennie Cotterill: [The studio] is open as far as when we can get it.
Kevin Wells: When will the E.P. be released?
Bad Cop/ Bad Cop: April 8.
Jennie Cotterill: There’s a show at the Redwood [in downtown L.A.] on April 12.
Rinh Re: Go!…to it.
Kevin Wells: What kind of touring will you do?
Stacey Dee: We’re gonna play Punk Rock Bowling. We’re playing the main stage on Monday with Against Me! and NoFX and a bunch of great bands, Leftöver Crack.
Jennie Cotterill: Good Riddance.
Stacey Dee: We’re so stoked. After that we were planning to do something, but we have to save our money because in August, we’re going to Europe. We’re gonna tour all over Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Amsterdam. We’re gonna be out there for three weeks.
Myra Gallarza: We’ll probably have some local shows [between PRB and Europe].
Kevin Wells: Is there anything else you would like people to know?
Stacey Dee: We’re really humbled and stoked.
Myra Gallarza: If we’re in your town, come check us out.
Stacey Dee: We’re really nice people. We’re no bitches at all. We’re so approachable. Please come talk to us.
The Boss Lady E.P. will be available from Fat Wreck Chords on April 8.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities and also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball