Ratings and Reviews
Who is this for?
Chris, Julian and Jon are capable of writing good pop songs. The lyrics are catchy and Chris's voice is smoother than butter. Tin cans/Big Echo/and the intro to Pop Etc albums are all solid efforts in my book. I've watched and re-watched the la blogotheque version of excuses and every acoustic video these guys post. I was a fan. Then comes last years full release and now this album. What the hell guys? The musical arrangements and overall production of the albums are awful. The 80's bass sound, the synths, the cheesy guitar and epic vocals all fall flat. So I'm asking you - who is this music for? Who's the target audience? Cause it sure isn't your fans. I'm all for trying something new but come on guys, let's be real, this stuff is unbearable. You guys are talented song writers and I want to enjoy your music but seriously enough is enough etc...
I've only heard three songs from this album and I already know it's going to be amazing!!! Please release this already!!!!
10 thumbs up!
About POP ETC
In the midst of relocating from San Francisco to Brooklyn, slickly polished indie rock quartet the Morning Benders parted ways with bassist Tim Or and changed their name to POP ETC. This decision came after the band toured extensively and learned that the word "bender" had some homophobic slang connotations in parts of the U.K. In a press release regarding the name change, the band stated "We simply cannot go on using a name that is demeaning to the gay community. The reason we are making music is to reach and unite as many different kinds of people as possible, and the idea that our name may be hateful towards anyone makes us sick." Along with the name change, the move, and the reconfiguration of bandmembers (bandleader Chris Chu stayed on with multi-instrumentalists Julian Harmon and brother Jon Chu), POP ETC took on a drastically more radio-ready sound than the shimmery indie rock of the Morning Benders' albums. An eponymous debut album arrived in the summer of 2012, with slick production by Lil Wayne and Kanye West producer Andrew Dawson as well as a collaborative production with Danger Mouse. With reference to the time span between albums, which involved the recording "hundreds" of songs per Chu, their second album, the ten-track Souvenir, arrived in early 2016. In September 2017, POP ETC debuted the Infinite Singles Collection, a project that involved dropping new material every four to six weeks. Beginning with the track "Fingerprints," the band added three more singles and a Christmas EP to their catalog by the year's end. ~ Fred Thomas
- Brooklyn, NY