Born, raised and residing in Sheffield, a city synonymous with jarringly honest indie rock, Joe Carnall (Milburn) has been a reluctant figurehead of the Steel City scene for over a decade. Eager to explore a different space, he has embarked on a new venture with the help of Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders. The result is Good Cop Bad Cop. Penned by Carnall and produced by Helders, the project resides in the not so grey area between man and machine.

The origins of Good Cop Bad Cop are deep rooted. As previous musical projects came to an end and the demands of fatherhood began to subside, Carnall found himself able to explore new concepts and ways of creating. “I locked myself away and became a master of GarageBand.” This reversion to a simple set up away from the constraints of multiple human inputs allowed Carnall to create the bare bones of a record that Helders would ultimately help shape into a finished product. Long-time friends and ex neighbours, Carnall sent a couple of his homemade demos across the pond solely because he thought Helders “would be into it.” This initial exchange sparked a bigger conversation about Helders trying his hand at production and making the record in his soon to be completed home studio in the Hollywood Hills (affectionately dubbed The Goldie Locks Zone).

Good Cop Bad Cop released their album earlier this year, the eleven-track LP features their debut release ‘Silk & Leather’ that emerged in February as a vintage-tinged, polished electronic canvas that would pick up immediate tastemaker attention from NME, DIY Magazine, WonderlandThe Line Of Best Fit and many more as well as strong UK Radio support from the likes of Radio X and BBC 6 Music. Full of Carnall’s brooding and perceptive, Julian Casablancas-esque melodies the record is underpinned by a warm blanket of noise akin to the likes of Timber Timbre and, at its most experimental, early James Blake. Drums aside, Carnall also plays every single instrument on the record.

Ultimately, Good Cop Bad Cop is Carnall’s way of making sense of his world past, present and future by harnessing outbursts of creativity. He writes with vigour, joy, passion, a touch of vitriol and overwhelming honesty. The collision of light and dark where, invariably, the sunshine always peaks through.

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Watch the official music video for ‘Silk & Leather (Part I)’ below:

In a world where the times are hard, the music is faux and everything is airbrushed there comes a resistance. A resistance to the false, to the mundane and to the flawless.

Sometimes you need a dose of the real and that is what BLVFF strive to deliver; not on a silver platter, mind.

The band carry an authentic ethos throughout their music and subsequent offerings. Debut single “Where Do We Go Wrong” had the makings of an instant indie classic. Follow up “Shame” showcased the bands emotive Nick Cave-esque storytelling over the backdrop of a precisely painted overture. The former received support from This Feeling, Amazing Radio, Fred Perry, Born Music Online, Indie Central and Little Indie Blogs, as well as clocking up more than 40k organic Spotify plays. This along with support slots with the likes of Milburn, Cassia and a sold out hometown and Great Escape shows ,set the tone for the bands first year in existence.

The band now return with new single “Crystal Ball”. The track shoots straight from the hip, with a driving riff built for the airwaves, that initially creeps from the cracks, before directing your body into frenzied manoeuvres, to their marching tune, that you’ll do well to remove from memory.

For the single the band have signed to indie label These Bloody Thieves home to upcoming acts such as The Howlers, False Heads and Feral Family. McCann believes it’s the right move for the quintet.

The band have also been booked to play Coombe Weekender in Coventry August 3 alongside the likes of The Libertines, Tom Grennan and more. The band see it as a privilege to represent their hometown in their own backyard.

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Watch the official music video for ‘Crystal Ball’ below: