Ex Cops is the project of Brian Harding, formerly of the band Hymns. Harding began recording in his bedroom with his housemate Dan Shapiro, a recent music-school grad with an interest in production. This version of the band self-released the lo-fi White Women EP in mid-2011, but Ex Cops began to flesh out their sound and lineup with guitarist Sam Bair, bassist Leif Huckman, drummer Kai Kennedy, and vocalist Amalie Bruun, also of the like-minded band Minks. In April 2012, the upgraded band issued the You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb single, the debut release from Other Music's boutique label; meanwhile, Ex Cops worked with producer John Siket on their first full-length, True Hallucinations, which arrived in early 2013. In 2014, they returned with their sophomore studio album, Daggers.
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