I read alot of blog posts by bloggers "about" bands and I'm always asking myself, "Well can this blogger deliver the goods for WHATEVER Artist he or she or they chooses to write about? The people who are interested in whatever musical act are 1) those musicians and 2) their friends. That's it. Unless you are Pitchfork or Gorilla vs Bear you are not going to be the first person to write about a band OR if you are- no one else will write about the same band.
So let me tell you something about Tropical Popsicle, a San Diego four piece that is releasing a 7" on "The Captured Tracks of the West," Volar Records. You know what I say about comparing yourself to Captured Tracks? Fucking go for it. Make a g** d*** t shirt with that emblazoned on it. Ride to glory Volar Records, ride to glory.
The A Side is called The Beach With No Footprints and the B Side is Always Awake in shadows. Volar Records website has "COMMUNITY NOT COMPETITION" and, let me just be bold here- maybe put that into Latin or Greek?
"FUSCE JUSTO NEQUE" Ok so the t-shirt would be the Volar crest- the cat with the lightening bold? And then underneath it "FUSCE JUSTO NEQUE." That's a free idea. Tropical Popsicle, in addition to the 7" has DATES including SATURDAY NIGHT at the TIN CAN ALEHOUSE (9/17.) The thing I admire most about Tin Can Alehouse is that they fucking work for a living. The reward needs to be earning a living though, looking for some kind of community acknowledgment isn't as important as using the opportunity to develop your community.
TROPICAL POPSICLE is also going to be playing CMJ in New York this year- and if you are an East Coast reader you might want to check out the Indigenous showcase? I assume they'll be running shit for Tropical Popsicle at CMJ. Three things about Indigenous: One- the Rumble was a tough sell- but the idea of a regional touring circuit was a solid one and I myself have been trying to replicate it for the last six months. SLOW GOING! Two: Kyle Lynch is all right. Three: If Tropical Popsicle is over 10,000 last fm plays by the end of the year they will be taking care of business.
Finally, I think the category/genre is Tropical Popsicle and kind of Writer: more straight forward rock interpretations of the southern california basket of rock influences. That tells me that the songs are going to have to be really good to get the "real fans" of that kind of music and then they'll need a catchy hit that is really well produced- DIY may not be the way to go- for bands with that broader sound it might be worth over playing in Los Angeles on the theory that the big time rock types are up there and blog love is going to be tough sledding. Ha- Writer is playing a monthly showcase at the Echo in Los Angeles, touche, Writer.