LB electro quintet ‘Calls’ for stardom

 Equipped with syrupy-sweet vocals and groovy dance beats, Long Beach’s Call The Cops are a five-piece electro pop-punk outfit.
The group teeters on the playful line of melodic pop and up-tempo synthesizers to a ephemeral dose of drum machines and handclaps. Formed in Jan. 2009, the band consists of Justin Allen (vocals), Will Shuck (vocals), Jason Lopez (bass), Bill Galvin (drums) and Stew Richmond (guitar).

The band released Motion Sickness EP in March 2009 and recently won MySpace’s ‘Rock the Space’ contest, which was an online-based battle of the bands.

Now signed with MySpace/Interscope Records the band is preparing for a hectic and widespread touring schedule. They plan to tour with We The Kings and Mayday Parade as well as the Vans Warped Tour. Before embarking on these tours, singer Justin Allen had a phone conversation with the Daily 49er to discuss what’s to come.

Mike Rincon: Where did you get the name for your band?

Justin Allen: We used to have a studio at the house we used to practice and rehearse at, and the neighbors consistently called the police on us so often that we had to basically start practicing somewhere that was more appropriate.

MR: What are some of your main influences in writing music?

JA: I think it’s just mostly collective … we’re really into pop music and stuff you can sing along to and have fun with. We don’t play anything so serious to the point where it’s overwhelming, but still at the same time it gets the point across.

MR: What bands influence you?

JA: My favorite band would have to be Taking Back Sunday.

MR: How has the recording process been so far? Have you run into any problems, or is it better than you thought it was going to be?

JA: It’s actually been kind of stressful as of lately … We’re starting to record the new stuff and have been writing non-stop. We’re trying to not have that feeling of being rushed come across in the recording process.

MR: How many albums has your band released?

JA: We released the Motion Sickness EP.

MR: In comparing the Motion Sickness EP to the new stuff, how do you think the album is going to be?

JA: I think it’s going to be more thought-out. The last one was kind of like, ‘oh we have these songs put together, and let’s get something out.’ These new songs have taken more time in terms of just the song writing. The recording process has pretty much been the same. It’s the writing process that really changes and now we get to work with really talented people, like real writers who look from an outside perspective and can usually give more tips and tools on how to write better songs. It’s just better and I think we brought more energy this time than the last.

MR: Does your band’s music bring something new to the current pop-punk scene?

JA: I don’t think so. I think the only thing new we can really push the bar toward is being better than how other bands have done it. I think it all comes back to us writing the best songs we possibly can and just trying to find our niche into which we can write those songs.
The whole synth-pop thing works really well with us as a band. I think there are many bands it wouldn’t work as well with and I think it’s more about how you stand out. I think there are a lot of people out there looking to be pioneers of a certain music genre and I don’t think that’s possible. If you really look at the whole picture, every type of music has already been written so it’s about how you can enter that niche but then turn it into your own. I think that’s the hardest part.

MR: How did it feel to win MySpace’s ‘Rock the Space’ battle of the bands?

JA: It was awesome, especially because our fans voted for us, so they took the time to cast votes which was very flattering. If anything it shows that people are listening and do care. It was a great feeling.

MR: What are you looking forward to the most when you play the Vans Warped Tour and the Take Action Tour? How do you hope the audience responds to your music?

JA: First and foremost we hope they like it. We try not to look ahead so much and get caught up in the fact that so many things are going to be coming up. We just want to take what comes to us and enjoy every second of it.

MR: What do you want to accomplish in the year 2010?

JA: We want to release the best stuff that we can; stuff we’re proud of and stuff we’re not going to hear in a month and think, ‘wow, we really did that? I wish I could go back a month and change it.’

As far as touring plans we have the Take Action Tour, Vans Warped Tour and the Bamboozle Left. We’re also going to be doing South By Southwest in March so there’s going to be that in addition to the full length. [We’re recording it] with [producer] Matt Squire (Panic At The Disco, Forever The Sickest Kids, The Used)


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