I am on a quest to find authentic Power Pop Rock N Roll bands out there in the modern rock wasteland and discovered a pretty cool trio calling themselves The Echo Wrecks.
The return of pop-rockers Mannequins is surely one of the best things to happen in the Singapore music scene in 2018!
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!
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.
Musicians are first and foremost fans. Or they should be. So it’s heart-warming to come across Kai Danzberg who is very definitely one of the PoP faithful!
Released in late 2017, this split 7″ is a brilliant reminder that Power Pop Rock N Roll is still alive and kicking!
Aussie 90s pop underground outfit P76 return after a long hiatus with “Postcard from Bondi” and it’s a cracker!
Power pop legend Tommy Keene has passed away “unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep,” according to his official website.
“All Done With Rock N Roll”? We think not! If going by the melodic rock agenda of Boston-based Watts is any clue.
For their undying commitment to the power of pop, Weezer deserve to be recognised as PoP Legends! Evidence-in-chief – their latest album, Pacific Daydream.
Say hello to TRIP WIRE founded by Marty Schneider and Bill Hunt with support from the rhythm section of Stu Shader on drums and Jeff Shelton on bass.
Singapore pop-rock band TypeWriter returns in a big way with a new single, new music video and new EP.
Every now and then, we come across a new release that is simply the very definition of what we like to call – POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! So, a warm PoP welcome to Thrift Store Halo.
Gotta love The Lovebirds! The moment you hear that Dinosaur Jr + Teenage Fanclub fuzz guitar in the intro, you are hooked!
We are truly loving the power pop goodness of this awesome new single from The Tomboys.
So much music, too little time. We continue our periodic sharing of new albums from classic bands that refuse to lie down and give up. Fuck ‘relevance’ and enjoy critical recalls from power pop masters Cheap Trick and Matthew Sweet, 90s shoegazers Ride and even a surprisingly spry concept rock LP from Styx! Enjoy!!
Brent Rademaker is a shining example of what a singer-songwriter-musician inspired by the right influences can achieve in respect of our beloved retro-pop music. Already a PoP legend for his work with Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde, Rademaker returned to music making in a big way with GospelbeacH.
London’s Divisionists release “Dream Landscape” single from debut Daybreak LP.
Aussie alt-rock band Screamfeeder return with their first album in 12 years!
Plasticsoul is basically singer-songwriter Steven Wilson and the folks he drags along for the ride – in his present case – Marc Bernal, Daniel Conrad, and Steve Markowitz.
Brandon Carr of folk-psychedelia band The Earlies and John Dufilho of experimental pop group The Apples In Stereo and indie rockers The Deathray Davies have joined forces to create Corner Suns.
Back in the 2000s, we used to cover positively Boston mod-pop band The Pills. Since breaking up the band, Corin Ashley has been periodically releasing solo material and functioning as a session player with the likes of Cardinal & Martin (Boo Radleys) Carr. In January of last year, Ashley suffered a stroke which threatened to curtail his musical career but Ashley never gave up on himself and new album Broken Biscuits is a testament, not only to his talents, but to his resilience.
Considering how traditional pop-rock is no longer commercially viable (and let’s face this hard truth, puh-lease), we should celebrate this state of affairs instead as it guarantees that – most of the time – new music made in this tradition is going to be genuine and true to the artistic vision of its creator/s. Case in point: Gretchen’s Wheel.
Rock duo the Dollyrots are set to release their sixth studio album Whiplash Splash on March 24!
Ironic how ‘genre’ labels make so much difference nowadays. Take “pop-punk” – one of the worst rock ‘genres’ ever coined – turn it around to “punk-rock” and it becomes something vital, vibrant and meaningful.
Which brings us to Tales From A Punk Rock Rock Trip a new mini-album split between Hooligan Crooners and B-Leaguers.