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Not quite powerful enough to fall cleanly into the "power pop" camp, the songs lean more to the spectrum's lush, highbrow end, with elegant guitar lines, soaring harmonies, and occasional use of organ, strings, and French horn. Von Sneidern's voice is McCartney filtered through Eric Carmen and Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook, affecting a perfect British Invasion accent that you would never trace to the Bay area. While there's no denying the high hummability factor and exquisite song construction, there's also no one transcendent moment where planets align into one killer song.


Born: Syracuse, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A longtime fixture of the Bay Area power pop scene, Chris Von Sneidern was one of the pop underground's more accomplished singer/songwriters, earning a cult following with a string of indie releases during the '90s. Born in Syracuse, NY, Von Sneidern joined a local outfit called the U-Turns in the early '80s before relocating to San Francisco in 1985. He played with several locally based power pop bands -- including the Lost Patrol and (as bassist) the Sneetches -- before joining Flying Color as...
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