Another week, another new single from The Cocker Spaniels. The musical project of North Carolina dad and booker Sean Padilla has released "Cops Don't Care About the Drip," a song about it not mattering how black people are dressed, they can still be killed for being black. Being white and middle aged, I'll let Padilla explain the song:
“This song was inspired by a march that took place last year in Omaha against racial injustice. It was led by a group of Black men that made a point of dressing up in suits, in an attempt to ‘change the narrative’—it struck me as an appeal to respectability politics, which I abhor. I have no interest in making myself more palatable or less threatening to racists, racism is illogical by nature—anyone who wants to hate me because I’m Black will do so regardless of any other situational variables that may exist.”
Musically, it's the funkiest we've heard so far from The Cocker Spaniels' upcoming album. Instead of the normal Prince meets Guided By Voices sound we're used to from Padilla, this one is more Prince meets Ben Folds. Despite the ultra serious nature of "Cops Don't Care About the Drip," the song is unmistakably fun sounding.
You can listen to "Cops Don't Care About the Drip" below. The Cocker Spaniels Are Still Alive, and So Are You will be out August 13 on Evil Island Fortress. You can pre-order the album via Bandcamp. For more on The Cocker Spaniels, check them out on Facebook.