Tag: Power Pop

May 6, 2022

Song of the Day: The New Presidents - Arabian Nights

This obscure little band, while relatively unknown, has ties to some more connected acts. They only released one 4-song 12″ EP before breaking up and/or morphing into other acts. The most well-known member was Robert Vaughn, previously of RV and the Hubcaps, and who went on to play with Gloryhouse, Southside Blades of Eden (Broken Records), and most notably Robert Vaughn and the Shadows. RV and the Shadows was essentially the New Presidents line-up with a different name and slightly more mainstream style.… Continued →

April 13, 2022

October 23, 2021

The Pear Republic Release Brand New EP

The Pear Republic have just released “Pop Punk EP” through bandcamp. The quirky band which are relatively new and unheard by most take elements of Pop Punk, Power Pop, Punk Rock and mix it in a blender. They have a sound that would appeal to fans of Weezer, Pixies, Danielson, Ramones, Supernova, Presidents of The United States of America and other 80’s/90’s era power-pop/rock sounds.… Continued →

June 27, 2021

Antiskeptic Celebrate 20th Anniversary of "Memoirs of a Common Man"

Australian alt-rock, pop-punk leaning band – Antiskeptic, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album “Memoirs of a Common Man” this year. The band is probing interest into a limited vinyl run of this classic and mostly unheard (here) album. This band along with Seraphs Coal, Thinktank, and STR, are just so great. You can find all the Antiskeptic releases on digital networks now.… Continued →

March 5, 2021

Song of the Day: 4•4•1 - Show Me

4•4•1 burst onto the SoCal new wave scene in 1984, releasing their debut album on Royal Commandment Records (soon to be re-named Blue Collar Records). The band formed in 1983 in Los Angeles County, diligently rehearsing in the garage of bassist/keyboardist Glenn Holland’s parents. They recorded a 4-song demo and subsequently sent out copies to area youth pastors. The unconventional move proved successful as they caught the attention of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, a large church that hosted lots of concerts for Christian new wave and early alternative bands.… Continued →

October 16, 2020

Song of the Day: The Holidays - Sunshine

Power pop was (is?) a strange phenomenon. Despite the big hooks, melodic overtones and just enough of a punk edge to keep things interesting, it never really caught on in a huge way. Although it’s made inroads into new wave and, more recently, indie pop, the leaders of the subgenre still remain fairly underground, with a few notable exceptions (Cheap Trick and The Romantics are among the few artists with major radio hits). It should be no surprise then, that in Christian circles, artists in the style were even fewer.… Continued →

July 3, 2020

Song of the Day: Rick Altizer - Oyster

I’ve been listening to a lot of the Beach Boys lately. Like, a lot. They’ve been my favourite band since childhood. What is it about the comforting sounds of childhood that helps us make sense of turmoil? With covid19, racism, and political division, something about that longing for innocence, for simpler times has got me digging deep into those smooth sounds. In the late 90s, KMG Records put out a compilation of surf rock and surf-inspired tunes called Surfonic: Water Revival, which was spearheaded and produced by Terry Taylor of Daniel Amos.… Continued →

July 26, 2019

Song of the Day: Altar Boys - You Are Loved

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is one of the greatest songs our scene has ever produced! It gets straight to the heart of what it’s all about: “Hey I’m talkin’ to you/Yeah, I’m trying to get through/God cares about you more than think . . . You are loved! You are loved!” It was the first song I ever heard from the Altar Boys, in the late 80s. Ironically, it was on a metal compilation where I first heard them.… Continued →

August 4, 2018

Samuel Powers - Nashville

Maryland based indie-punk rock band, Samuel Powers, are celebrating the one year anniversary of their last full length “Wonder” by releasing a brand new song inspired by the hit show of the same name – “Nashville”. This band is unique in the fact that their songs are all centered around and inspired by classic tv shows like Wonder Years, Saved by The Bell, Boy Meets World, and now Nashville. Band member Brody B. was actually a writer here at IVM for many years and typed up some now classic reviews.… Continued →