It’s Karma It’s Cool
Woke Up In Hollywood
I’ve always liked unusual voices in pop, and It’s Karma It’s Cool’s James Styring has a really good one. As I mentioned in a previous review, to my ears, he falls squarely between Mitch Easter and Robyn Hitchcock. Styring’s vocals, combined with imaginative lyrics, make Woke Up In Hollywood a pleasurable listen.
Bubblegum Monsters creeps into your ears with a hooky bassline, before ending in a sublime chorus. The Girl Who Gave You Everything is nifty Merseyside pop, with a snappy middle 8. When’s the last time you actually heard a middle 8, let alone a really nice one? Here it is, kids!
This band will most likely get lumped into the power pop genre, but they’re so much more than that. New Age Eve is propelled by ska guitar and brass, while Wooden Buddha relies on softer vocals and thoughtfully-delicate guitar. If variety is the spice of life, this is one band that is guaranteed to enhance the flavor and quality of your music collection.
When you go to the band’s Bandcamp page to buy Woke Up In Hollywood, make sure you check out their 2019 release, Hipsters and Aeroplanes. It’s a humdinger.
By Dan Pavelich