ALBUM REVIEW: COTTON MATHER – DEATH OF THE COOL

Background Highly acclaimed 90s Pop Underground faves Cotton Mather returns with a new album after an absence of 15 years! Death of the Cool contains singer-songwriter Robert Harrison’s pure pop meditations on Chinese philosophy – in particular, one song each for each hexagram (or reading) of the I Ching! How Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: KEN SHARP – NEW MOURNING

Background Produced by Fernando Perdomo (Todd Rundgren/Jakob Dylan) and Ken Sharp, this record (Sharp’s fourth album and first in nine years) showcases musical contributions from Rick Springfield (“Burn & Crash”, “Satellite”), guitarist Wally Stocker of The Babys, bassist Prescott Niles of The Knack and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo of New England Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: ESSENCE – BLACK WINGS

Background A sixth-generation San Francisco native, award winning singer-songwriter essence has been immersed in art and music since childhood. And yes, her birth name really is ‘essence’ – she was raised by quintessential flower children, her parents being two free spirited bohemian artists from the Haight-Ashbury ‘Summer of Love.’ Black Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: THE LEES OF MEMORY – UNNECESSARY EVIL

Background The Lees Of Memory — which features erstwhile Superdrag frontman John Davis & guitarist Brandon Fisher, along with drummer Nick Slack — recently released its sophomore LP, Unnecessary Evil. The new album, a follow up to the band’s 2014 debut Sisyphus Says, once again saw them working with Grammy-winning producer Nick Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: TWINS – SQUARE AMERICA

Background TWINS is a family band, rooted generations deep in the rich history of Iowa music. Brothers Harper & Joel Sires handle the songwriting and vocal duties, along with their cousin Luke Sires on drums. Devin Ferguson — bass guitar and vocals — has been playing with the Sires brothers Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: MAX JURY – S/T

Background Just 23 years old, Max Jury is firmly of the “old soul” stereotype, channeling the kind of music made decades before his birth – country, soul and classic pop-rock that energised and excited music fans during the 60s and 70s. After releasing well-received and critically acclaimed singles and EPs, Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: THE HIGH VIOLETS – HEROES AND HALOS

By J Quigley Background The band formed from the ashes of legendary Portland favourite, the Bella Low, who played regular gigs with other local psych bands like The Dandy Warhols.  After the Bella Low breakup former members Clint Sargent (lead guitar, vocals), Luke Strahota (drums/percussion) and Violet Bianca Grace picked Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: EUREKA CALIFORNIA – VERSUS

Background Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Eureka California is a self-described ‘catchy garagey rock and roll band’.  Eureka California has existed in some form or fashion since 2007, but closer to this version since 2010 viz. Jake Ward – guitar/vocals & Marie A. Uhler – drums. Versus is the duo’s third Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: THE WILD FEATHERS – LONELY IS A LIFETIME

Background Formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee around the talents of Ricky Young, Joel King, and Taylor Burns, all of whom had served as lead singers in their previous bands, the Wild Feathers came together out of a shared love for all things Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, the Continue Reading

ARMY NAVY – THE WILDERNESS INSIDE

Here’s another album that fits Power of Pop’s criterion of POP with POWER! LA trio Army Navy’s third LP is chock full of unforgettable tunes allied with a 90s alt-rock sensibility that is always refreshing in this post-punk-revival obsessed times. In that respect, Army Navy (Justin Kennedy – Lead vocals, Continue Reading