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Most purveyors of power pop either take the retro new wave route or pursue the supercharged Weezer/Fountains of Wayne style of hyper-produced hooks. Chicago-based tunesmith William Beckett provides a refreshing angle on the genre with his second EP, Winds Will Change. Over an acoustic six-string bounce, “Great Night” opens with his boyish voice sounding a bit like a Midwestern version of Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes. The background audience chatter in the verses makes the song seem like it was recorded live at a party—but when those people start singing along with the chorus, Beckett brilliantly becomes the party. The following “Warriors” rocks out much harder; its amplified guitars crank over electronic percussion that nicely contrasts with an organic-sounding snare drum. Beckett keeps things upbeat with “Scarlett (Tokyo),” an acoustic guitar–based number that rocks with the sophistication of early Elvis Costello (without succumbing to throwback tones) and the breezy elegance of a more upbeat Josh Rouse tune. Even the closing “Dig a Hole” sounds contemporary amid its Ric Ocasek worship.


Born: 11 February 1985 in Barrington, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Growing up in suburban Chicago, William Beckett established himself as the frontman of emo-pop purveyors The Academy Is.... Prior to The Academy Is..., Beckett played in the acoustic band Remember Maine, releasing the album The Last Place You Look at age 17. The Academy Is... followed in 2003, formed by Beckett along with guitarist Mike Carden, who issued three albums and four EPs -- as well as played on the Warped Tour in 2006 and Honda Civic Tour in 2007, and toured with Kiss in 2010 -- before...
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