We really do adore new bands that live in their own little bubble and don’t quite give a fuck about what’s happening in the mainstream music industry. Latest case in point – NYC’s Acid Dad!
A heartfelt throwback to the glory rock ‘n’ roll days of the ’70s, Life on Mars evokes everything that made rock music so special way back when.
Blast from the past! Out of the 90s Pop Underground to be exact. Check out the remastered Fresher Tin Villages, the excellent 1998 album from singer-songwriter KC Bowman, now available at Bandcamp!
A gentle reminder that 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Power of Pop and we continue to re-post items from the past. Today, it’s a review from 14 years ago! Enjoy!
Shell of a Shell started as a bedroom side project for Chappy Hull that never released any recordings. Eager to play out when he wasn’t busy with other bands, Chappy asked Nick Swafford, Noel Richards, and Dylan Liverman to fill out the sound he had laid out in the earlier demos to be more of a “real” band.
Here’s one for fans of 70s glam rock – Bowie, T. Rex – as expressed by acolytes in the 80s (The Cure), the 90s (Suede) and the 00s (Dandy Warhols). Lostdog in Loveland might be a bit under the radar but a tidy discovery for those in the know.
A dynamic pop EP we missed first time out that caught our attention recently, Purkinje’s Voyager deserves the spotlight.
EPICYCLE Jingo Jangle (Cirkle)
Sad to say but I believe that the powerpop genre has been going through a slump for some time now. With the odd notable exceptions, there has not been a genuine powerpop masterpiece this side of the millennium and even since perhaps Jellyfish’s Spilt Milk.
So what in the world is prog pop, you might ask?
25th February would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday. Thus it seems appropriate to repost a review of his final album from 15 years ago.
Genesis fans rejoice! But more than that, fans of Tony Banks’ songwriting will more than appreciate Five, the band’s keyboards player’s new orchestral album, which will also appeal to classical music and film score enthusiasts.
Short, sharp punky garagey rock ‘n’ roll is on the agenda when it comes to Arizona band, Fairy Bones.
Listening to Bootikins, the 2nd album in Aussie band Augie March‘s comeback since they returned from hiatus in 2014, it’s hard to imagine music that is more far removed from what is trendy in modern rock circles than this.
The world is as we make it. So what if the modern pop industry ignores rock ‘n’ roll in favour of hip hop? Well, we don’t give a fuck as long as bands like Watts keeps the spirit alive!
When you consider how obsessed the current modern rock scene is with the 80s New Romantic/Big Music vibe, it makes perfect sense for Simple Minds to freshen up their sound by going back to a tried and tested formula.
2018 welcomes one of its biggest albums with Always Ascending, the new release from Scottish band Franz Ferdinand on February 9th.
By now, you should be aware that we think that this young L.A. band is the face of the New Rock N Roll at the moment.
This is probably one of the toughest reviews I’ve ever written. Ever since I first listened to this debut full-length from Seattle’s Fleet Foxes, I’ve been wondering how in the world I would be able to string together a couple (or more) sentences that would do justice to this masterpiece! For a band to be able to meld the rustic melodic beauty of Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks’ Smile and the heartfelt echoes of 70s singer-songwriter movement, is almost unbelievable.
Bailing out Betsy are a 5 piece alternative rock band heavily influenced by the music powerhouses of the 1990s – from Stone Roses to Radiohead, Kula Shakers to Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Pepper to Black Crowes.
Please explain something to us – why is it not okay to ditch a sports team when they’re losing but perfectly fine to abandon a band when their new music is less than perfect?
Released in August this year, this somewhat overlooked gem is one of the finest examples of why power pop rock ‘n’ roll we love so much here at PoP will always be relevant and vital as long as folks like Celsi, Bragg & Maitland continued to make marvellous music like this!
Another year, another Neil Young album.
Synthpop duo Cosmic Armchair release their first full-length album after a decade of music making via Belgian label, Alfa Matrix.
Pugwash has gone from a quartet back to singer-songwriter Thomas Walsh with new album Silverlake.
Staying power is not usually associated with Singapore bands but to the credit of The Pinholes, the quartet have been soldering on for over a decade in the unforgiving local music scene. The band celebrate this longevity with an entertaining new album – D’Antara Kita!