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by PopMatters Staff

12 Mar 2014


Like all great pop tunes “The Art of Pulling” is also memorable. Elsinore’s Ryan Groff tells us that “this song, along with the entire PUSH/PULL record, is about living with yourself and the people around you. I’m in my early 30s now, my wife and I have a one-year-old, and Elsinore has been together for over nine years. I’m more introspective, quirky, and creative than ever. So, I wanted the themes of the record to reflect all of those traits. “The Art of Pulling” is a wake-up-call of a song, asking the “you” in the song to get up and DO something. It’s about pulling in a lot of different ways. And I tried to describe them all lyrically, but have the music be ultimately upbeat and dancey.

“And, with the video, I think we achieved an exact visual interpretation of what the song means. Our videographer, director, and other crew were all on-board to make something beautiful and cinematic. We definitely accomplished that, and we were able to involve over 50 close friends and our favorite locations around Champaign-Urbana, a true Midwestern setting. This video shows anyone who wants to watch it who we are as a band. And hopefully a lot of people like it.”

by PopMatters Staff

12 Mar 2014


Sons of Fathers blew out the doors of Nashville’s Mercy Lounge last year at the Americana Festival. We sat up close, totally taken by the band’s passion and musical chops. This Texas group brings the rawk to the twang in most winning fashion. So, it’s perhaps not so surprising that influences like the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young cozy up with Texas singer-songwriters such as Robert Earl Keen, Willis Alan Ramsey, Roger Miller. Today we have the pleasure of premiering the new video for “Hell and Back”, which bandmember David Beck says “is the first rack we want to release to ya’ll. We’ve all been there. This is the world’s story. Enjoy.” Meanwhile you can catch Sons of Fathers this week at SXSW (dates below).

by PopMatters Staff

12 Mar 2014


PopMatters picked Mansions as one of the bands to watch out for in 2014. As Interviews Editor Evan Sawdey notes, frontman Christopher Browders’ albums “are amazingly consistent in terms of delivering solid, well thought out rock songs, always featuring powerful, memorable hooks and all existing in a universe that is entirely his own creation.” Via Made of Chalk Media, the live video for “Two Suits” adds a heightened tension and drama to the roaring melodies of the studio version on 2013’s Doom Loop.

by PopMatters Staff

7 Mar 2014


Fan Modine‘s Gordon Zacharias takes his time to compose perfectly balanced and complex pop songs. It’s that meticulous attention to detail that makes every Fan Modine album a cause for celebration among pure pop fans. That’s on full display with this first single, “One Company Town”, from Cause Célèbre, coming in April from Lost Colony Music.

by PopMatters Staff

7 Mar 2014


The Singles latest tune is the garage poppy “(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone”, a three-minute slice of classic pop. Vince Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) tells us, “‘(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone’ is the first track we recorded for the new album. One of our favs to play live, it came together quite quickly in the studio. Not a lot of overdubs, straight forward rock n roll.” Look for a new full-length album, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break, this April.

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