Posts tagged ‘Power Pop’

November 4, 2022

Week Ender – Coolidge

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Indianapolis based ska / rock / power pop / kitchen sink band Coolidge have returned with a timely single called “My Rights” and we are, as the kids of yore said, here for it. A slow burn of a groove that showcases the band’s master of both rhythm and melody, it also adds to ska’s long history of activism with lyrics about the anti-democracy pile of shit the world has become current state of things. It swings but with an appropriate level of melancholic undercurrent for the topic. Don’t let that deter you from checking it out though, ska isn’t just about picking it up, it’s sometimes also about laying it down – ugly truths and all.

August 16, 2022

Week Starter – Martha

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Look, sometimes you have to start your week on Tuesday because Monday is a wash, and that was the case for the PE offices this week. Regardless, it’s never too late to start it up with a perfect slice of power pop indie rock like the kind from the kids in Martha. Why do we call these clearly young adults kids? Because they got the youthful energy to make you want to dance in your bedroom like you’re 15 again. “Baby, Does Your Heart Sink?” is perfect. End of sentence. It has hooks and heart and hell yeah and all of it. Who would’ve thought a contender for song of the summer would squeak in just under the wire, but it is and it has. Turn it up and feel the warm rays a little longer.

January 28, 2022

Week Ender – Wodan Boys

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

We put a cap on this week with the revved up power pop perfection that is “So Damn Much” by Wodan Boys. Hailing from the Netherlands and sounding like the reincarnation of Cheap Trick, the boys named after either the variant spelling of the Norse god Odin (probably) or after a Stargate SG-1 character (less likely but still cool) bill themselves as “high energy loudmouth rock music,” to which we ask “is there any other kind?” There are of course, as rock is a many headed beast, but other styles within the genre will never be as instantly fun as this track. It’s a foot stomping, fist pumping sing along from the jump and that’s the type of weekend we wish for you all.

June 1, 2021

The B-Side: The Daily Spreadsheets

Maybe it’s the fresh ears we’re sporting after taking a few weeks off, but hot damn does this number from The Daily Spreadsheets sound good. Its classic bedroom rock mixing British Invasion rock with 70’s power pop and it stands shoulder to shoulder with Uncle Bob and the rest of the boys in Guided by Voices. Don’t over think it. Just turn it up and let the easy melodies take you there.

May 11, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Keith Forde

As a music blog we get a lot of music sent our way. Like a lot, a lot, and after wading through our 20th Billie Eilish wannabe in a row nothing makes us love music again like a pure slice of power pop goodness. Enter Keith Forde to the rescue. “Sadie” is as perfect as can be and whether you need an auditory reset like we did or just an all around pick me up, it’ll get the job done.

April 27, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Faiyaz and the Wasted Chances

Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be funneled into great rock n’ roll songs like this one from Faiyaz and the Wasted Chances. Like Ted Leo on six espressos, this one bristles and shimmies with sweaty early punk energy but never loses its musicality or sight of its power pop core. A banger for kids who think they’re too cool to use the phrase “banger.”

February 9, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Pop Zeus

It’s been six years since we lost Mikey Hodges in a motorcycle accident, and for those who knew him that’s been six years without receiving one of his world famous bear hugs. Some people fill every room they enter with their light and energy, and Mikey was one. Since his passing his friends have been able to keep his memory alive via stories of epic Mikey-ness (Editor’s personal favorite is the night of the homemade indoor apartment hallway slip n’ slide) and by sharing the music from his lo-fi bedroom pop project Pop Zeus. Lucky for us, twosyllable records in conjunction with Mikey’s sister Whitney Hodges have curated a collection of unreleased material called This Doesn’t Feel Like Home (Unreleased Demos 2011-2014), out March 5, 2021, days before what would have been Mikey’s 36th birthday. 

The album is available for pre-order now and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Michael T Hodges Instrument Endowment Fund which supplies instruments to students in Lebanon, IN. You can hear the first single “Foolish” below, a perfect example of Pop Zeus’ combination of Big Star style power pop as filtered through Guided By Voices sensibilities.

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