Greetings from beyond …

Although Suicide By Cop has not been in existence for quite some time, the band actually still receives a fair bit of interest on social media. On Facebook in particular, I am responsible for a number of pages and SBC still gets more new likes than any of them.

If you are one of the new fans to like our page then welcome. I intend to curate and maintain the website going forward, hopefully adding more pics etc. The music we made is all available on the Zeitgeist album, which can be downloaded from Bandcamp. It is unlikely at this time that the band will do anything again, especially with any past line-up but as ever with these things, nothing can ever be certain.

I guess it seems appropriate at this juncture to let you all know what the members have been up to since.

Mick Dunn left the band at the back end of 2010. Since then, he has dabbled with home recordings and developed his interest in sound creation and production techniques, particularly in the new-wave genre. He also significantly contributed to the Bradford music scene for a time with his involvement in a number of venues. However, he moved away a couple of years ago and has not been active since.

Steve Ward left in March 2013 to concentrate on his stoner rock band Lizard Tongue. They have been going great guns since. They remain a solid unit and a significant part of the northern music scene, not only for their own music but also for their support and promotion of other bands via their numerous Lizardfest events amongst other things.

As indicated in previous postings, myself, Kaz, Steve Malley and Liam went on to form Echofire at the beginning of 2015. Echofire is a departure from SBC, taking in more rock influences musically and a very different lyrical approach. After over a year of this arrangement, it was clear that the line-up was no longer working. I left the band in May 2016 shortly followed by Liam. They have since continued with a new line-up and a fresh enthusiasm.

Liam has since been playing in a band with some of the ex-members of Bradford thrash metal band Slammer. I am told it’s early days but he is having a lot of fun with it.

Shortly after I left Echofire, I went on to form a band called Man Down. We are currently preparing for our first EP recording and gig. I have also continued with my goth band Dawn of Elysium, the debut full length album of which will be released in October.

So again, thank you all for your continued interest. It’s heartwarming to know that something we created lives on. I hope you continue to enjoy the album and keep an eye out for all of the various off-shoot projects which I’ll update you all on from time to time.



New beginnings – Echofire

As we announced at the back end of last year, Suicide By Cop has been laid to rest. We decided after 6 years, it was time for a fresh start. That fresh start is in the shape of Echofire. For updates on future activities, please keep checking, subscribe to the RSS feed or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter. There’s not much to tell at the moment but we are hoping to change that pretty soon. Cheers. 😉

Zeitgeist – the album

Tonight marks the final day of Suicide By Cop as an entity. We have been going since January 2009 and we recently decided after all the changes we’ve been experiencing in especially the last two years, it was time to end the project. The band as a unit will continue in the new year with a brand new name, retaining only the latest material. Both lyrically and musically, we’ve experienced a paradigm shift and what we’re doing now bears little relevance or resemblance to what we started all that time ago. To mark this milestone, we will be playing our final gig tonight at The Northern, Halifax Road, Bradford along with The Dead Beats and we will also be selling copies of our CD. Entitled “Zeitgeist”, it comprises all of the material we recorded throughout the lifetime of the band, consisting of the three EPs and some previously unreleased material. It’s a full length 15 track album approximately an hours running time.

CDs will be onsale at the gig and from the band afterwards priced at £7.

Thank you to everybody who has supported and encouraged us in the last 6 years. See you in the next life!


By Idle Hands Posted in Blog

The end of the line

After much discussion and deliberation, we have decided to call time on Suicide By Cop. Upon hearing about some of our friends in bands going through changes and making similar decisions, it inspired us to look at our own situation.

We underwent a massive upheaval over 18 months ago when we lost our drummer and founder member Steve Ward and in hindsight, we should have taken this decision back then. In the intervening time, our new music and lyrics have been quite different and whilst Liam has done an admirable job of playing the older material and we played two great gigs, it has not felt like the same band for a long time. It led us to ask ourselves if we should continue trying to make it the same band.

Therefore, the two gigs we have coming up, namely The Black Swan, Bradford on 28th November with Stillwave and The Northern, Halifax Road, Bradford on 5th December will be our last. To co-incide with this we are releasing an album which consists of all of the music we recorded throughout the lifetime of the band from 2009-2013, including the 3 EPs and also some previously unreleased tracks. More news on this release to follow.

Thank you for your support over the last 6 years, it has been quite a ride!

A new chapter

So, after a blinding farewell gig to Stevie last week we have embarked upon the next part of our journey.

We are very pleased to introduce our new drummer Liam Brook. Liam was previously the vocalist for Bradford punk outfit The Drastics and whilst he did a fine job of that, he is also an excellent sticks man. This is his first time behind a kit in many years but after a short, yet very productive rehearsal last night, we feel that he is going to fit right in.

Work has begun in earnest on getting some new material together and we are taking the opportunity to give the band a long overdue spring clean and reboot. We hope to be back playing live later in the year with a fresh outlook, a new set and a new sound. We’ll still be playing some of the old favourites but our main priority for the foreseeable future is to start afresh.

Over the next few days all of our various online pages will be updated to reflect the line-up change. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Liam and we very much look forward to new adventures with him onboard. 🙂

We’re still here

It has been over a year since our last news update. Since the end of last summer, it has been a funny old year for all of us for various reasons and that thing called life has interfered with the operating of the band to some degree. Live gigs have been a bit thin on the ground as we have had a multitude of external issues to contend with which have unfortunately led to limited time in the rehearsal room.

That said, we have been keeping our hand in with the odd gig and even managed to land ourselves a slot on 2012 Nice n Sleazy punk festival in Morecambe. We had a great time and would very much like to thank Leon, Ivan and everyone involved for the experience and we would very much love to come and play again next year.

At the back end of 2011, we recorded our second EP, entitled Hoc Vitum Novum. This is currently available to listen to on our Reverbnation page and is available from the band on CD. This was released in January and received a very favourable review from veteran Dave Fungalpunk. We have tentative plans to record a third EP and to up the ante with promoting our music towards the back end of the year.

We have been writing new material in the background as and when we get the opportunity and we hope to build on this in the coming months.

In other related news:

Our Kaz is getting married in October to her partner, Izak Gloom whom some of you may know as axe man in doom merchants Lazarus Blackstar. We are all over the moon for both of them and are looking forward to the big day.

Sticks-man Stevie Ward has been dabbling with a new project for some time now and after a number of iterations, they have settle on a line-up and a name. Lizard Tongue have been honing their stoner/sludge sound for the past few months now and should be ready to take to the stage later in the year.

Guitarist Alec Marlow has embarked on a new project too. Dawn of Elysium is a goth rock band, taking influences from sounds such as Fields of the Nephilim, Bauhaus, Pink Floyd, Nick Cave and The Cure. Recordings and gigs should be happening in the next couple of months.

Despite setbacks and other projects, we remain the best of friends. As we approach the end of our 4th year together, we are enjoying it more than ever and rest assured, you have not seen or heard the last from us by a long chalk.

Hopefully, it won’t be over a year until the next update!

Suicide Summer

Well, how’s it all going folks? We are approaching the latter half of this year’s summer and let me tell you it has been a blast for us. In the last 5 months or so since March, we have played 8 gigs at 7 different venues and we have also taken 6 weeks or so off over the last couple of months as we reached the inevitable period of summer where we all had other commitments. This is compared with all of 2010, where we played 7 gigs all year, 6 of which were at the same venue. It has been very liberating to break out of that rut. We are hardly the busiest of bands by a long chalk but it has been great to get about a bit and it has been nice when venues have wanted us back. The chemistry has also been great working as a 4-piece and we are more in sync with each other than ever before.

We hope to get some more recording done in the back end of the summer/towards autumn so keep checking back for details of that.

Our next gig is on 16th September down at The Brewery Tap in Idle. It’s a bash to celebrate our good friend Theresa’s 40th and we’ll be playing with The Negatives and The Drastics. It will be a right good shindig, so get down if you can.

By Idle Hands Posted in Blog

Spring is in the air

For the past couple of months or so, we have been practicing as a 4-piece and our sound has definitely taken on a more punk edge than ever before. Of the songs we have already written, we have managed to comfortably play most of them as a 4-piece thus far, reworking things as necessary along the way. Although we have missed out on some rehearsal time for various reasons, we have still been ploughing on and are feeling more focussed and excited than we have in a while. We have a handful of gigs booked already with more in the pipeline and are looking forward to getting out there and smashing it!

Why Suicide By Cop?

People often ask me where the name “Suicide By Cop” comes from. If you want to read about the phenomenon itself, then Wikipedia gives a pretty good explaination.

Within the context of this band, it was more a case of the name kind of choosing the band, rather than us choosing a name for the band.

I was inspired primarily by the series of films called “Zeitgeist” and the reference is more metaphoric than literal. As a society, we are (without realising) commiting Suicide By Cop. We are allowing authority to impose so many rules, allowing (mainstream) media to curb our individuality and corrupt our outlook on each other with misinformation. We are allowing ourselves to be led by authorities who use fear, hatred and envy to control our behaviour, to ensure our submission to their will. From the “X-Factor” to corporate pressures to religious ideals through to the so called “War On Terror”, the general populus are led like sheep, day in day out.

The name just came to me after watching the films and this coupled with my friend Johna saying to me that “punk is probably more relevant now than it ever was”, I decided that I had to set up the band and say a few things to the world. Not all of our songs quite take this lyrical direction but most of them take a sociological viewpoint.

Musically, we are not a straight punk band but that is certainly where we all stem from. Stevie Ward and I played in a punk band just prior to SBC, Mick’s all time favourite era for music is the post punk of the late 70’s and early 80’s, Kaz is a huge punk fan and Steve Malley is well into the goth scene. Having said all that, we are not really  into pigeon holing. Take a listen to the songs for yourselves and make your own mind up.

It didn’t come as much of a surprise to me that there were other bands with the same name, some which existed long before us, some who are currently operating and some who have set up since we started. The other outfits we have come across have been either US or mainland Europe based anyway so it is unlikely, certainly in the short term that we shall ever cross paths. With the exception of one kid from Youngstown, Ohio who calls himself “Black Mike” getting snotty with us, it has generally not been a problem.

For the reasons explained above, I have never even considered renaming the band. We might not be the first to use the name, I would bet that we won’t be the last but one thing is for sure, we are called Suicide By Cop for a reason !

By Idle Hands Posted in Blog