Gen Pop: II 7" (new)

Gen Pop: II 7" (new)


Tags: · 10s · hardcore · olympia · post-punk · punk · recommended · vincentspicks
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"On not-so-distant horizons, when we've all heard everything, what aesthetic flavors will prevail? The era of good taste is upon us everyone. Your play-acting rendition of that Brazilian d-beat demo or British long-haired mace-wielders or Midwestern pocket-protector-perverts does not impress me, as I too have an internet connection and as a matter of fact my little sister uploaded all that to Youtube upon her 12th birthday. I swiftly gave them all a thumbs down. Gen Pop, on the other hand, gets a thumbs up. This band sounds like they've been raised exclusively on the synth/female-oriented KBD cuts, but with the confidence of those mid-00's Scandinavians who came over to our big trailer park knowing exactly how good they looked and sounded. It has some in vogue Australian elements, but luckily Olympia does not swelter to the point of their guitarists simply walking a clean telecaster around like a tenured poet at community college, butterfly kisses, pulling your knob switch foot. Catchy, snotty old-world flavors served up cold in the fusion restaurant that is our futureless American paradigm. Wonderful!" - Brandon Gaffney

Our take: Latest EP from this Olympia band who had a standout previous 7” on Lumpy. As before, the early Wire vibes are very heavy here… while there are a couple of nods to Wire’s more ambitious and pop-oriented material, Gen Pop are like a glimpse into an alternate universe where Wire filled out entire records with short-and-fast burners like “12XU” and “Mr. Suit.” Not only is it that the songs on II are predominantly short and fast with a thin and scratchy guitar sound (though that’s definitely the case!), but also Gen Pop have the ability to slide these little earworm-y melodies into their songs just like Wire did. I know that I’m really harping on the Wire thing here, but lovers of punk minimalism across the board—from the Urinals and the Middle Class to early Government Issue to the Shitty Limits and beyond—will love Gen Pop’s tightly wound sound. I have to say I’m looking forward to seeing where Gen Pop’s sound goes on future releases, but in the meantime I can’t imagine how this 6-song ripper could have been any better.