CityCop
The Hope In Forgiving & Giving Up Hope


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
May 24th, 2011 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: comfortably familiar yet intriguingly different

Admit it, for as much as we all like to believe that the screamo and emo genres are something that's original, they are actually pretty stagnant. With the exception of whether a band's approach is atmospheric or violent, chances are their sound doesn't fall too much from the mark of dozens of other bands that formed based on the same aesthetic that's been drifting around in the punk underground for almost as long as this current generation of fans and bands have been alive. But lets face it, the way that a band approaches this collection of similar influences can make all the difference. Ohio's CityCop have all the markings of a quality screamo/emo band – hyperactive drumming, guitar work that switches effortlessly from jagged tremolo picked chords to fluid hammer-ons and back again, and emotive vocals – but they way that they present this familiar make up is actually quite unique.

You see, CityCop are an acoustic band. There's no distorted crunch or tube-driven squeal to be heard on their debut The Hope in Forgiving and Giving Up Hope, which given that guitar based theatrics that rely on a plethora of electric tones have become one of the genre's calling cards as of late, and since those same theatrics are on display here, CityCop have completely flipped the script on this recurring dynamic. It is comfortably familiar yet intriguingly different; a classical flair to a new school catharsis. Songs like “Hink Hall” move like a ballroom dance, elegantly choreographed by the interplay between guitarist Max Adam's whirling lead lines and vocalist Edward Gancos' serrated bark. This sense of motion permeates The Hope in Forgiving and Giving Up and grows more and more as the album progresses, and when coupled with themes of apprehension and growing up found in the lyrics, this forward movement evolves into a head on confrontation with life itself.

The Hope in Forgiving and Giving Up Hope is a captivating listen that tweaks the core sounds of the genre that we are used to in the most pleasing of ways. While it would be foolishly presumptuous and flippant to say that CityCop have reinvented the emotive hardcore wheel, what they have offered up on their debut certainly re-envisions it.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2011


17222 Comments


randomly created a new entry. i asked the mods to merge it with the existing page for this album.
album can be streamed at http://citycop.bandcamp.com/

Knott-
Emeritus
May 24th 2011


10198 Comments


it's the &

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2011


17222 Comments


well ain't that a bitch.

Knott-
Emeritus
May 24th 2011


10198 Comments


my debut album is gonna be called &&&&&&&&&&&& just to fuck with sputnik

this sounds pretty great

Drsmith4
May 24th 2011


1715 Comments


First word is a typo, dude.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2011


17222 Comments


haha thanks, fixed.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review. I listened to the first two tracks and it sounds kickass. I'll definitely check it out later

(^ 7000th comment, yay for me?)

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree so much with the first sentence in this review

Hep Kat
May 24th 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oooooooooooooooooooooooooo i like this band

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2011


17222 Comments


hell yeah

sixthgoldenticket
May 24th 2011


1176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i was actually about to ask if you were ever gonna review this. great review, here's hoping this gets them some recognition

sniper
May 24th 2011


19076 Comments


acoustic screamo? i'm not sure i'm down for that.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2011


17222 Comments


check it out. it'll surprise you how good it is.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2011


17920 Comments


cmon people should know by now not to use ampersands

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2011


17222 Comments


i keep on forgetting because i rarely have to remember. btw miss you.


rasputin
May 24th 2011


14550 Comments


good review, 'cept you use 'let's face it' twice in the intro, and i'm not sure if it's on purpose, but it's bothersome

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2011


17222 Comments


i can see how that could be bothersome. i'll fix it up. i didnt even notice that.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2011


17222 Comments


more people should check this out. it's like La Dispute minus all the suck.

Kris.
May 25th 2011


12345 Comments


oh yheah these guys theyre pretty good

sixthgoldenticket
May 25th 2011


1176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

these guys are playing an hour away from me with xerxes and i cant go fuuuuuck



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