Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Cassette Review: Cop Funeral "2 STRESSED 2B BLESSED" (Already Dead Tapes and Records)
[$5 // Edition of 100 // https://alreadydeadtapes.bandcamp.com/album/ad215-cop-funeral-2-stressed-2b-blessed]
A name such as Cop Funeral seems to be a contender for sparking a lot of controversy or at the very least could provide someone with paragraphs upon paragraphs of ideas within a review. For me- and perhaps it is a good thing- when I see the name I think of the band Sex Funeral and wonder what would happen if the two artists merged together to form a super-group of sorts and would they call it Cop Sex? If they did, I would fully expect an album titled "Fuck Me In The Evidence Locker".
We begin with an audio clip which sounds like something out of Bob Dylan. I feel like this is kind of one of those situations where you want to weed out the people who aren't really here to listen- like something Andy Kaufman might have done- because not only could listeners mistake this for the entire overall sound of this cassette and turn it off if that's not what they're into, the next part comes blowing out your speakers and straight into your mind as harsh static blasts. It's almost as if this opens with enough of a sound to put you into your comfort zone and then kick your ass right out of it.
A glitching buzz can bring about ringing reverb and screeching distortion which can bring memories of "In Utero" to mind. Gentle beep tones do make their way into this, despite the previous sound which may have sent some listeners packing, and then it turns into this sound of NOLA jazz which I believe might be sampled. Background audio clips and what can only be described as skipping ghouls bring Side A of this cassette to an end and if you've made it this far, clearly you are ready to take the voyage on Side B.
By this time the listener is invested so there is no more trickery, no more tests to see who is in for the long haul and who is just here because they think this name is cool. A video game glitch sound takes us into choppy static as well. Louder whooshes and whirls cut off before we get into the drone beep which leaves me feeling somber, sad. As loud and chaotic as this was previously, it comes to an end in such a beautiful way. You could imagine the loud, harsh sounds before as a car crash, the following sounds being the ride to the hospital and the end has something to do with that machine that drone beeps when you flatline, but maybe I'm reading too much into this all. Maybe my mind is somewhere else. But at least I am able to read into it.