Born, raised and residing in Sheffield, a city synonymous with jarringly honest indie rock, Joe Carnall has been a reluctant figurehead of that music scene for over a decade. Eager to explore a different space, he now embarks on a new venture with the help of close friend Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) – the result is Good Cop Bad Cop. Penned by Carnall and produced by Helders, the project resides in the not-so-grey area between machine and man, synthesiser and well-earned local wisdom.
‘Silk & Leather’, their debut release, emerges as a vintage-tinged, polished electronic canvas that allows Carnall’s vocal to soar above and dig into in equal measure; brooding and perceptive, Carnall floats along Julian Casablancas-esque melodies, 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. Watch here
Long-time friends and ex-neighbours, Carnall sent a couple of his early homemade demos across the pond simply because he thought Helders “would be into it.” – from that initial exchange began 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. The result is a contemplative and searing, palm-tree and pink sunset-lined offering, with the technical quality and vocal prowess that you’d expect from such an established pair. An immediately notable debut offering, get ready to hear a lot more from Good Bad Cop in 2019.