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Welcome to Paper Trail Records- Belfast’s Hot Cops

January 20, 2016



Paper Trail Records Welcome Hot Cops
Releasing Passive Passive b/w Scared of Everything  February 8th

Easily one of the most exciting and idiosyncratic Irish indie-rock bands of a generation –  The Thin Air

They’re just so effortlessly cool – seemingly indifferent to their own majesty.” – BBC Across The Line

Hot Cops are probably the best young band in Britain today – Encore

2015 has been a busy year for Hot Cops. Following plays from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, the Belfast based trio played the Introducing Stage at BBC’s Big Weekend Festival, as well as supporting The Front Bottoms and The Orwells. Drawing influence from the likes of Deerhunter, Pavement, and Cloud Nothings, the young group have shaped an original sound normally unavailable to those at such a young age.

2016 is set to be their breakthrough year, with a series of 7″s coming out on independent label, Paper Trail Records. Passive Passive, set to release in February, details the idea of never engaging with, or fully committing to anything. As songwriter Carl Eccles explains:

‘It came from a place of frustration towards personal and social apathy and just letting unfulfilling days wash over you without any attempt to make a change.’

Featuring off-centre guitars, waves of feedback and growled vocals, Passive Passive is a statement for a band on the verge of something big.

Passive Passive resonates in danger, it leaves you hanging on every note with their sincere brooding intensity. In just one single Hot Cops have created a composition highlighting the best of their abilities, from a tentative and noodly riff which hooks the listener to suddenly being barraged in the deep projecting sound the trio project, Passive Passive alternates back to a more slower darker, more penetrative orchestration.


Artist: Hot Cops
Title: Passive Passive/Scared of Everything
Label: Paper Trail Records
Catalogue No: PTR 006

A1: Passive Passive
B1: Scared of Everything

Passive Passive b/w Scared of Everything launches February 8th and is limited to 100 copies pressed on a one-of-a-kind teal vinyl. Pre-order your copy now!

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