Brooklyn-based Ex Cops is on a roll. In the year and a half since the band’s inception by former Hymns frontman Brian Harding, they produced their first EP, White Women, and completed a full length album which is set to be released on January 23. We had the pleasure of catching drift of their dreamy tunes during NYFW during an intimate set atop a sunny rooftop in Soho after the Spring 2013 presentation by fashion newcomer Salas/Voon. With their cool combination of dark lyrics and beach pop sound, this emerging band will definitely stay on our radar. With their first headlining show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on October 23 on the horizon, Brian and Amalie answered some of our questions.
What brought all of you together to form Ex Cops?
I was headed to Montauk and I saw Amalie busking at Penn Station, playing “Little Trouble Girl” by Sonic Youth. I was late for my train and left my number with her. The next week we recorded “Spring Break”.
How do you go about songwriting? Together or individually?
We rely on voice notes and probably send 5 a day.
You use a lot of black and white footage in your videos, why is that?
We watched way too much Bergman.
Collectively, how have your experiences affected the music you make?
Which talent does each member bring to the group?
I think the best part is that all of us, in one way or another, have known each other for years. That, and Leif owns a restaurant where we can drink for free.
What is your favorite experience working together?
Recording the album with John Siket was really great. We did it in a warehouse with no heat, but I’ve never been happier.
If you were a band of superheroes, what would your name be?
The Goonies. Amalie kills the truffle shuffle.