Borrowing from the wispy sounds of vintage Sarah Records and Flying Nun artists, Brooklyn, New York's 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.