Monday, June 18, 2012

REVIEW: Trolley "Things That Shine And Glow"

From the opening licks of "I Woke Up", you know you are in for a treat. If these songs were loaded into a time machine and transported back to the early/mid 60's, they would most likely dominate the garage/pop movement of that time.  

Highlights for me are "I Woke Up", "Til I'm Gone", "Out Of Love", and "She's The Kind Of Girl", just to name a few. 

If I absolutely HAD to pick some aspect I didn't care for, it would be minor. "I Can't Hide" was a song I kept waiting to build up, but it never did, it stayed the same throughout, so it was rather anti-climatic, and the harmony in "In The End" seemed a little odd in some places, but like I said, only minor details.

I highly recommend picking this up from the band, and tell 'em Powerpopulation sent you!!

Click HERE or on the photo to be taken to Trolley's Band Camp page for purchase.

Monday, May 28, 2012

REVIEW: The Heartbreaks "Funtimes"

I'll keep this short and sweet. 4 out of 5 stars! Modern Rock/Pop with definite power pop sensibilities, and even has a little bit of an 80's feel in a couple of spots. For some reason, the track "Delay, Delay" brought to mind Modern English.

Lots of hooks here, and just as the title suggests, it's Funtimes!

(WARNING: explicit words on "Hand On Heart".  Maybe more, but that's the only one I noticed as I was listening through the first time)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Knack "Live In Los Angeles 1978"

Record Store Day 2012

I picked this up today. Although an official release, the quality is pretty much bootleg.
Only for completists. 

Let Me Out
My Sharona
Romeo Eyes
Art War

Saturday, March 3, 2012

DangerMaker "Black Dreams"

It's with pleasure I recommend to you the new Indie release from DangerMaker. "Black Dream" fits in nicely with anyone's power pop collection. While probably not technically 'powerpop', the melodies and instrumentation sometimes remind you of the feel of 60's pop. This is not a retro group, however, by any means. A modern rock foundation with pop sensibilities.

The instrumentation is intriguing. It pulls you in and keeps you listening. There is a cohesive sound, yet the sound is not redundant. This is an album I can listen to from start to finish without skipping a track. My only complaint is that it ended too soon......

The release date is in just a few days, go by and preorder yours now!

Visit the band's Band Camp page and pick this one up! PowerPopulation recommends!


Friday, February 10, 2012

The Bopp "Paisley Underground"

I highly recommend this album from French group, The Bopp. It's as though you've stepped into a time machine back to the mid 60's and turned on the radio as you're driving with the top down on some sunny day... Authentic 60's sound all the way down to the production of the album. Drums recorded to give that 'roomy' sound of a band in a garage feverishly rehearsing with the hopes of hitting it big some day.

The songwriting is solid, and my personal favs are "Paisley Underground", "Over And Down", and "Think Twice". Although this is one CD that you can listen to without a skipping a track.
This gets the Power Population "gold star" rating! Pick it up at the following link:


And check out the band's Myspace page here: