If there was one thing Sublime was
known for, it was approaching very taboo topics and
doing so in a humorous manner. Take a listen to "Wrong
Way", which deals with prostitution, incest and pedophilia.
While it had great stick-in-your-head musical power,
lyrically it was breaching morality barriers left,
right and center (sometimes in really bad taste).
When Bradley committed suicide, it left alternative
music with a void that few have been able to fill.
Hot Action Cop seemed to come out
of nowhere to slide gracefully into that position
with their debut self-titled album. And while many
bands are striving to write the next great rock epic,
Hot Action Cop are getting down and dirty and back
to the origins of rock & roll: Sex. With a mix of
southern rap over SoCal funk metal, the 'Cops have
a way of sticking-in-your head with excellent hooks,
aggressive vocals and playful lyrics.
Their website mentions influences
of Fishbone and Red Hot Chili Peppers., but lead singer/guitarist
Rob Werthner claims Radiohead having a deep impact
on the way he writes music, though it's rarely evident.
Looking more like he should be fronting an Emo band
than an ultra-sexual rock rap quintet, Werther has
this boy-next-door kind of look to him. He's not covered
in tattoos, doesn't have a lick of glam anywhere in
him, and hasn't yet traded in his glasses for contact
lenses. He's more concerned with the music and performance
than impressing his fans, a concept few in Rock have
managed to embrace. It's this kind of sensibility
that goes into what Hot Action Cop is. They aren't
out to become millionaires, they aren't out for the
fame; They're out there to make people groove.
While there are offerings of rap-rock,
their album is strewn with funky, jazzy, and folky
tidbits. There are serious tracks, like the Everlast-esque
"Why Judy?", but this is a band that refuses to take
themselves too seriously, with offerings like "Dirtbike"
in which Werther sings about wanting to be a dirt
bike rider (including mimicking a bike's engine throughout),
or the acoustic video of "Fever for the Flava" (available
on their website), in which Werther sings the entire
song with a Manchester accent.
History seems to show us that the
musicians who last, are the ones who avoid repetition;
the ones who keep an open mind and create their own
ebb in the stream. If this proves to be true, the
Hot Action Cop should be around for a long while to
Similar Artists: Red
Hot Chili Peppers, Faith
No More, Limp