Posts Tagged ‘POP ETC’

April 10, 2018

Bear Hands breathes new life into our long time love affair with the band with new single Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide). The Brooklyn three piece has been enthralling fans with their music for over a decade now. They make their return with their usual dynamic punchiness and a propulsive kick on their new tune, steeped in lush gyrating synths. 

“The song is about free will and finding yourself doing things that you don’t feel you are in control of,” says lead singer Dylan Rau, “being drawn to something and not really knowing why.” Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide) debuts with a music video directed by Jonathan Chu (of POP ETC). POP ETC’s Chris Chu also produced the track, as well as wrote some of the instrumentals on it. Bear Hands and POP ETC working together on a fabulous new tune? We’re loving it. Let’s hope Bear Hand’s new release isn’t a one off, and it’s a sign of much more to come this year from the indie rock outfit. Stream/download Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide), here.

December 24, 2017
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 12.21.2017 – 12.23.2017

Featured Music – December 21 – 23, 2017
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December 22, 2017

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Christmas is just around the corner, and our long time love affair with Brooklyn’s POP ETC only grows stronger as the trio, formerly from my beloved college town of Berkeley, drenches us with holiday nostalgia on an EP named ‘A POP ETC Christmas’. It’s a three track release from the indie band on which they cover some seasonal classics and offer up a new original. As someone who grew up watching the various Charlie Brown specials that would always hit the television around this time of year, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards POP ETC’s dreamy chill version of Christmas Time Is Here, from Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special. Stream the mellow treat via Spotify above, or Soundcloud below. The EP’s original track is a perky strumming, warm embracing gem named All I Want For Xmas (Just My Baby). POP ETC also covers Paul McCartneys’ Wonderful Christmastime. Stream those tracks below alongside the Soundcloud stream for the Charlie Brown cover. Lead singer Chris Chu says about the EP: ‘Since I was a kid I always loved Christmas songs. I fell in love with Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack from an early age and I’ve listened to it every Christmas I can remember. I’ve always had the idea of trying to record a few Christmas songs myself, but for some reason or another things always got too busy around the holidays and I lost track of it… until now!” The EP is available from iTunes, here.

October 17, 2017
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 10.09.2017 – 10.16.2017

Featured Music – October 9-16, 2017
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October 10, 2017

It felt like the music gods had blessed us a few weeks ago when we happened to stumble upon new POP ETC, albeit egregiously belatedly. Turns out, their generosity didn’t end there. This New York based band, who’ve wittily re-named themselves in a manner that defies genre expectation since their Bay Area days as The Morning Benders, are back with some fantastic news. POP ETC will be releasing a new music series named “Infinite Singles Collection” on which they’ll deliver new releases in batches of one or two songs, every four to six weeks. And they’ve already revealed its lead song, a dulcet acoustic strummer named Fingerprints, via a charming video directed by POP ETC’s own Jon Chu.

Lead singer Chris Chu says about the sweetly nostalgic, warmly endearing song: “‘Fingerprints’ was one of those songs that came out quickly. I had been thinking a lot about the effect that all the people I’ve met over the years have had on my life. Trying to trace the different threads and series of events. It’s really amazing to think about. Even those people you meet once, or the ones that come into your life for a couple of months and then disappear. There’s no telling who will come into your life and alter its course forever.” Pre-save all future releases in POP ETC’s Infinite Singles Collection on Spotify, here. Stream/download Fingerprints, here.

September 23, 2017

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One of our faves from Brooklyn dropped new music earlier this month and we somehow missed out on it till this week, the horror! We weren’t on the “outside looking in”, but we didn’t know to look for anything at all! Brooklyn’s POP ETC, once known as The Morning Benders when they were located right here in the Bay at Berkeley, are back with an irresistible single named Outside Looking In, on which they give us a signature effusion of their new wave-y synthpop meets driving alt rock brand of sound. Outside Looking In is like The Chain Gang Of 1974 meets the chugging twang of The Killers. It’s instantly infectious and a huge reminder of how much we’ve been missing the band since their excellent album Souvenir. Outside Looking In will be released on October 14 on 7″ clear vinyl along with POP ETC’s last single Routine. You can also purchase/stream the song digitally via major outlets, here, or via Soundcloud below.

October 6, 2016
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 10.03.2016

Featured music – October 3rd, 2016

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October 4, 2016

It’s a good thing I’m not too hungry for dinner yet, otherwise all the vivid food references and visuals in the whimsical new video for POP ETC’s Vice might leave me no choice but to go raid the fridge.

Vice’s vivacious fusion of new wave and synthpop is adamantly hooking and steadfast riveting. It’s but one of many splendid tunes off of the Brooklyn based band’s self released album Souvenir, a record I praised profusely many times over on IHM. In fact, IHM was even fortunate enough to have a little chat with POP ETC earlier this year after catching the band on tour in San Francisco, a doubly sweet treat indeed. You can read that interview, here, after you complete your surreal and somewhat eerie food trip into POP ETC’s new video. POP ETC’s recent album Souvenir is available digitally on iTunes, or physically, here.

March 28, 2016

POP ETC Interview – March 2016

*interviewed by Amy

It was a pleasure to chat with Brooklyn based indie band POP ETC as they embarked on their current tour alongside BANNERS and The Moth & the Flame. They’ll be performing here

tonight (Monday, March 28th), in San Francisco, at the Social Hall. More tour details can be found on their website. POP ETC’s recent album Souvenir is a fabulous must listen, regardless if you’re new to the band or have been a fan since they were known as The Morning Benders. Stream Souvenir off Soundcloud or Spotify, and purchase the album from iTunes, Amazon, or POP ETC’s online shop. Read on for some much insightful conversation!


IHM: Hey guys, congratulations on putting out such an amazing album in Souvenir!  I recall you posted on your socials that you really took your time with this one. How long did the three of you actually take to build such a cohesive release, and when it’s such a meticulous process over a prolonged length of time, how do you come to the final conclusion that… YES, this is it, we’re ready for the world to listen to our baby?

POP ETC (Chris): We took almost 3 years to make it, and yea, deciding when it was finished was definitely one of the most difficult parts. There’s no way to tell really, except when all three of us feel it’s complete. We made a promise to ourselves early on that we wouldn’t release anything until all three of us were 100% happy with it.

In the case of “Souvenir,” I was writing every day, so we wrote tons of songs. Over a hundred songs. We threw away a lot of songs. But slowly there was a kind of theme, or maybe it’s better to put it as a kind of feeling that sort of started to emerge, and certain songs that felt threaded together. The songs started to feel like a family of songs, and that’s when we knew the album was nearing completion.

IHM:

The album is entitled Souvenir, your second full length after changing your name to POP ETC.  I’ve noticed that the diverse songs on the release seem to bring together your older material as The Morning Benders with the POP ETC sound on your prior release. Care to shed some light on the choice of title? Is it a souvenir in the sense of what you take away from it, going forward, or is it a souvenir in the sense of it being a compendium of the past?

POP ETC (Chris):

Since I try and write every day, the songs I have been writing really start to take on the moods and events of my day to day life. Sometimes I would wake up and write a happy song, sometimes I would wake up and write a darker song. It could be inspired by anything from the weather that day, or something I was going through in a relationship or something in my life. I think we take for granted how every little thing affects our mood and the way we feel every day.

In a way this album is a “Souvenir” for us, it captures the feeling of what our lives have been like for the last few years. It’s a kind of time capsule. But beyond that, we also love the idea of people buying this album and having a souvenir for themselves, that they can then live with and listen to. I love how certain albums for me when I put them on instantly transport me back to the times when I discovered them or listened to them most. I hope “Souvenir” can be like that for some people down the line.

IHM:

Was there a song on Souvenir that was particularly hard to reveal, perhaps due to how much it divulges to the world of your own personal lives?

POP ETC (Chris):

Not really. I can be a pretty private person, so I’ve always enjoyed having songwriting as an outlet to explore things that I might not feel comfortable expressing face to face with someone. Of course, it’s also a matter of being able to write about things that wouldn’t really come up in conversation, or something more abstract that you can’t express with just words. But to answer your question, I don’t really feel I have a choice when it comes to writing songs that I am going to be singing. I need to write songs that are personal to me, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to sing them with conviction.

IHM:

Being an 80’s baby, I love how a multitude of the songs on Souvenir have that 80’s retro feel. Was this a specific decision to incorporate that sort of sound, because it’s something you happen to love, too?

POP ETC (Chris):

Of course we love a lot of those bands from the 80s, but it actually happened pretty haphazardly. Like I was saying before, we wrote so many songs, many of them had completely different sounds. It wasn’t until we wrote “Running In Circles” and “Please, Don’t Forget Me”, that we kind of honed in on that sound. We just really liked how the sounds from that era were mixing with the sentiment behind these songs. The combination seemed to create a feeling that we were always after, we just didn’t know it until we happened upon it by mistake.

IHM:

A lot of things have changed in the music world between the time you released 2008 debut album Talking Through Tin Cans and this year’s Souvenir. Has the advance of the digital age and the shift in the way people consume their music made a huge impact on the way you crafted and released Souvenir?

POP ETC (Chris):

Yes and no. The way we made the album was basically the same way we always make albums, we just took a lot longer this time. We’ve always been interested in writing full albums though, from day one. Even as listeners have gravitated away from that, with streaming, and listening to more single songs and curated playlists, etc, we still like to make albums. I think that just comes from growing up listening to The Beatles and Brian Wilson and these guys that really tried to make the album a cohesive, artistic statement. We love that format.

That said, when we released “Running In Circles” we actually hadn’t finished the album, which was pretty different for us. We had all the songs pretty much outlined, but much of it wasn’t recorded yet. The album actually didn’t end up coming out until a year later. So that ended up being a bit of a different, more modern approach.

IHM:

I know that when you changed your name to POP ETC, it was meant as a reference to being a versatile band that writes and delivers genre defying music that not only may be considered pop music, but could venture into the realm of many other genres, hence the “et cetera”. I’m curious if any long time fans from your The Morning Benders days completely misconstrued the change and missed the point of the “ETC”?

POP ETC (Chris):

To be honest, through the name change and just through making music for a while, I’ve come to just let go of all those expectations. Obviously in a perfect world everyone would get to hear the explanation from the artist themselves, and get to clarify anything they were confused about, and we’d all be on the exact same page, but it just doesn’t work like that. I feel that I can only keep making music as long as I’m passionate about it, and that means following inspiration wherever it takes me, and to a large degree, blocking out all the outside noise and feedback. I hope that doesn’t come off selfish, because we care about our fans so so so much, and we try to constantly show them that. I think our fans know that. But in the end, it’s the only way we can continue doing what we want to do, and stay true to ourselves.

IHM:

When POP ETC was The Morning Benders, you were based right here in the Bay, out of Berkeley. In fact, our respective time in Berkeley likely overlapped back in the mid 2000’s! How does living in Brooklyn compare to living in the Bay, and do you miss Berkeley a lot? Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Berkeley? Would you ever want to move back to the Bay Area?

POP ETC (Chris):

Apples and oranges! I love them both. I definitely miss Berkeley and the Bay, sometimes. I miss Cheese Board. And Chez Panisse. I love those spots. San Francisco is such a beautiful, singular city. I definitely miss just getting to see the the bay and the bridges and the fog and everything. I miss the mexican food. I definitely think there is a chance we’ll end up back in California some day, but honestly, who knows. Either way, we all grew up there, so it’ll always be a part of us.

IHM:

You’re about to embark on tour alongside The Moth & the Flame and BANNERS for SiriusXM and Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour. How excited are you to get back on the road to play songs off the new album, and do you miss touring?

POP ETC (Chris):

This tour has been AWESOME. We were in the studio so long, there were times when we lost sight of what we were doing, so it’s great to finally be out in the world playing these songs, where you get to see people respond to them in real time, and talk to them after the show and hear about how the music affects them. AND the other bands are super great and nice!! We’re one big happy family! It’s the best!!

IHM:

Chris, I sometimes see you speaking Japanese, seemingly fluently (I don’t know Japanese), in clips you post on POP ETC’s socials. I recall reading that you spent some time in Japan. Is there a very strong fan base for POP ETC in Asia, and do you plan on heading over there for some shows soon?

POP ETC (Chris):

I am definitely NOT fluent, but I am trying my best! Our band does do pretty well in Asia, and specifically in Japan. I’ve actually done quite a bit of production and songwriting stuff over there as well, so I spend a lot of time in Tokyo, that’s when I started picking up the language. We just confirmed that we are going to be playing at Summer Sonic in August. It’s a really great festival in Tokyo and Osaka, so we’re super excited. I think Radiohead and this awesome Japanese band we love called Sakanaction are headlining it, so we’re really looking forward to it!

IHM:

Do you listen to a lot of new and emerging bands and artists, if so, do you have any current favorites to recommend?

POP ETC (Chris):

Yes!! Lately we’ve been listening to a lot of our friends’ bands and we’d love to spread the word about them- WATERS, Mainland, PHASES, Declan McKenna, Dreamers,  Blake Mills… to name a few!!

IHM:

When the three of you aren’t bunkered down writing tunes or traveling around, enrapturing crowds from the stage, what are some of your favorite ways to unwind and have fun?

POP ETC (Chris):

We love food. We are constantly looking for new restaurants and new dishes and cuisines to try. In New York there are countless areas to explore, you could honestly spend a lifetime just doing that.

IHM:

Thank you, POP ETC, for taking the time to chat with I Heart Moosiq. We heart POP ETC! 

POP ETC (Chris):

Thank you!!


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February 18, 2016

Brooklyn’s POP ETC just dropped a fabulous fourth full length (second since their name change from The Morning Benders), and if you haven’t gone out and grabbed a copy of Souvenir yet, you’re missing out on a finely crafted compendium of… well… “pop et cetera”! Souvenir brings together indie rock and indie pop,  amalgamating them into one timless mass of reflectively moving music. Today, POP ETC released a music video for but one of many splendid tunes from Souvenir, synth propulsive pop anthem Please, Don’t Forget Me, whose brilliant radiance and optimistic cadence nearly mask its undercurrent of melancholy and regret. Please, Don’t Forget Me’s nostalgia driven lo-fi video represents emotions and experiences anyone can relate to. It’s often very hard to say goodbye to the past, and it feels so good to visit those cherished memories, ultimately leaving within us a lingering fear that what was once so dear to us would fade away forever. Purchase POP ETC’s album, Souvenir, on iTunes or from their website.