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Editors’ Notes

In 2000, the Vancouver-based New Pornographers' debut album Mass Romantic took the indie-rock world by storm. With band members culled from other Canadian bands such as Zumpano and Limblifter, the group also featured the vocal talents of sultry-voiced alt-country diva Neko Case. Absolutely sparkling power pop is the result, with clear influences as wide-ranging as Big Star, the Zombies, the Beach Boys, and Cheap Trick. Each of Mass Romantic's twelve songs is a fully-realized pop creations unto itself -- intelligent, infectious, and uplifting, with flawless arrangements and soaring four-part harmonies. Picking highlights is near-impossible, but start with the title track, "Letter from an Occupant," and "The Slow Descent into Alcoholism."


Formed: 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Vancouver indie rock supergroup the New Pornographers feature the talents of Zumpano's Carl Newman, the Evaporators' John Collins, Destroyer's Dan Bejar, cartoonist/filmmaker Blaine Thurier, drummer Fisher Rose, and guest vocalist Neko Case. Newman began the band in 1996 as a lark after releasing Zumpano's Goin' Through Changes; one by one, the other members joined the fold, and the New Pornographers' first official rehearsal took place in 1997. By the following year, the group had completed...
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