By Jenna Stecker
Sugar. The Brain. Senoj Nerol. Wiled Wombat. RaSense. Shaneye. AK. This may sound like a roll call for a Star Wars fan club, however these are names of the members of Front Range Hip Hop act Peace Officer. Correction… they are more than just a hip hop act. Bringing to mind reggae legend Jimmy Cliff’s song by the same name, Peace Officer incorporates reggae and so much more into their musical fold. “Our music is hip hop, but like all hip hop we add many different genres,” says AK. “We call what we do dub hop. It’s hip hop tempo, rhyming and consciousness, with the ridiculously fat grooves that dub can bring.”
Peace Officer also brings in an electronica influence with sample playback during their sets. This sampling, in combination with a live drum, bass and guitar set creates their multilayered and unique sound. Emcees that play to the crowd and know how to get spectators revved up makes Peace Officer’s live show one not to miss.
Most of the members have known each other for years with the creation of the group seeming to center mainly around several bandmates working at a Fort Collins bagel shop. Since forming with the current lineup in 2007, all members have been working to hone their sound and rock the crowd. In January 2009, Peace Officer released their first full length LP, “Insurgency”, an album that has been backed by a live show that has garnered a cult following in Colorado. The folow-up album “Contraband”, dropped to a packed house on Halloween 2009, just nine months later. This album features all members of the seven-piece outfit expanding their skills and solidifying their style to create a musical experience that is beyond labels.
Peace Officer’s new challenge is getting their sound out of Colorado and to the masses. “We want to get on the road and tour.” AK tells Mousike. “We’re working up to that… Within the year we hope to go out for extended periods of time.” To support Peace Officer’s desire to travel, find out where they will be next and to get a free download of Contraband, go to peaceofficermusic.com.