For true pop fans, the mere mention of Chris Stamey’s name in reference to a record ensures a stamp of credibility and quality. So while I’d never heard of the Mayflies USA, when I heard Stamey, of the legendary dB’s, produced their debut I was intrigued.
Forming in 1996, this bunch of Chapel Hill chums namecheck 60’s British pop, Big Star, and Teenage Fanclub (all the holy grail of power pop) as their raison d’être. Shimmering, jangly guitars, killer hooks, and lush harmonies all bolstered by a strong beat are the order of the day on this promising addition to the 90’s pop renaissance.
Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.