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The Airport 77s / One Good Thing About Summer

Jay Byham

Jay Byham

https://jaybyham.bandcamp.com/releases

Jay Byham’s self-titled five track solo debut EP is so superb that listeners are going to wish it was a full-length effort. Or make that a double album! 

Hailing from Meadville, Pennsylvania, the singer, songwriter and guitarist brought a few friends on board to record Jay Byham. There’s Steve Butler on lead guitar and keyboards – who also co-authored the material with Jay – while Greg Maragos handles bass and David Uosikkinen occupies the drum seat. 

Affecting a lilting British accent uniform to both George Harrison and Al Stewart, Jay articulates each and every song on the EP in a clear and concise manner. As well, crisp, compact and razor sharp arrangements and instrumentation rest in perfect accord with Jay’s illuminated vocals. 

A profound look at the concept of time, Tick Tock is bundled in warm and bright textures, surrounded by jingling chords and biting drum patterns, crowned with a cool bluesy guitar solo. Powered by bold and bracing rhythms, I Can’t Take It Anymore additionally includes a slightly psychedelic break, followed by some killer guitar action, where Just A Matter Of Time, further files in as a hooky and harmonious energetic rocker. Strains of country folk, pricked with a run of bluesy licks,  represent  Figure It Out As We Go, and The Only One is a lovely mid-tempo ballad attired in smooth and sparkly melodies.  

No muss, no fuss, Jay Byham is all about pure and practical pop rock songs, played straight from the heart and gut. Jay really has a good thing going, so expect to hear more from this tremendously talented fellow in the very near future. 

Tall Poppy Syndrome / Come Some Christmas Eve (or Halloween)

Tall Poppy Syndrome

Come Some Christmas Eve (or Halloween)

https://tallpoppysyndrome.bandcamp.com/album/come-some-christmas-eve-or-halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and there is no better way to celebrate than with a song by a certified supergroup. 

Comprised of guitarist Vince Melouney (who held membership in The Bee Gees during the late sixties), drummer Clem Burke (Blondie, the Romantics, the Empty Hearts), bassist Alec Palao (The Sneetches, Magic Christian, Strangers In A Strange Land, current version of The Seeds and music historian), Jigsaw Seen multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Lea and singer Paul Kopf (Strangers In A Strange Land and the revamped Seeds), Tall Poppy Syndrome not only looks good in print, but as a whole, they really lock it altogether.

Originally recorded in 1968 by The Bee Gees and initially titled Come Some Christmas Eve Or Halloween, Tall Poppy Syndrome cut a cover of the song in October that set the indie airwaves alight. A holiday mix of the number was suggested, and so here it is, garnished with a festive flair.

Sparked by a drizzle of glistening sleighbells, Come Some Christmas Eve  proceeds to wrap itself in a brightly-colored package of radiant designs and textures. Pithy power chords, anchored percussion, the trill of a Mellotron flute and harmonious rhythms rise to the occassion. Classic garage rock vocals, relaying just the right blend of raw saltiness and melodic muscle, serve to be a faultless fit.

Tapped as Tall Poppy Syndrome’s official debut disc, Come Some Christmas Eve catches the band getting off to a great start. Each individual brings his own special touch to the table, leading towards a smashing display of psychedelic-ringed pop rock. One can only imagine how fantastic an entire album by Tall Poppy Syndrome would be. So give your support to Come Some Christmas Eve and encourage the band to keep at it. 

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Ken Sharp / Susannah Silently Shining

Here at Pop-A-Looza HQ, we’re enjoying the heck out of the latest Lp from Ken Sharp, Miniatures. One of our favorites tracks, Susannah Silently Shining, is also a nifty video. This release is guaranteed to be on our year-end-best list, and we think if you give it a listen, it’ll be on yours, too.

https://kensharp.bandcamp.com/album/miniatures

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Kevin Robertson / Love’s Blue Yonder

We don’t just like music from the 80’s here at Pop-A-Looza HQ, we dig the new stuff, too! This nifty video and tune comes via Scotland’s Kevin Robertson, who is also a member of The Vapour Trails. we think Love’s Blue Yonder is top-shelf!

https://bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com/album/loves-blue-yonder-big-stir-single-no-125

https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/underneath-tomorrow

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Richard Turgeon / Let’s Take A Drive

Richard Turgeon “Let’s Take A Drive” (2021) 

https://richardturgeon.bandcamp.com/track/lets-take-a-drive

It’s one thing to be prolific, but it’s another thing to be prolific and accomplished. San Francisco Bay Area singer, songwriter and multi-faceted instrumentalist Richard Turgeon boasts both traits. Following the release of his last full-length album, Sea Change, which appeared this past August, Turgeon has been producing digital singles every couple of weeks.


His current single – “Let’s Take A Drive” – is a popping rocker sizzling with a solid sense of dynamics and sound. Ushered by Turgeon’s rural vocals, the simply-structured, yet bold and blunt song, exudes instant appeal. The energy is raw and forthright, and the hooks and chorus are absolutely addictive. As an additional treat, a sweltering guitar solo is squeezed into the showstopper.


An ideal suggestion for the times we are living in, “Let’s Take A Drive” will no  doubt encourage those cocooning to step outside, get behind the wheel and go cruising. The song is also designed to play at top volume while tooling about with the windows rolled down.

  
Visualize Tom Petty fronting Bachman Turner Overdrive, and that pretty much defines the flavor and feel of this great song. In a live setting, “Let’s Take A Drive” would be perfect to perform as the closing number. Excitement abounds, Bics are flicked, and when the crowd-pleaser hits the final note, the audience will scream for an encore. Strapped tight with all the makings of a classic rock anthem, “Let’s Take A Drive” possesses traction and power by the mile.