The Flow Of Ideas: POP ETC – “Running In Circles”



“Running In Circles”


ETC POP releases their new album on Jan 29 (Jan 27 in Japan), and I’m psyched.  ETC POP is a great band.

“I can’t stress it enough, I feel kind of crazy if I’m not writing all the time.”

So says Chris Chu, whose Brooklyn-based band is set to release Souvenir, their second full-length album as POP ETC. But unlike previous efforts where the trio would write 15 to 20 songs at most, each influenced by certain cohesive elements, and then whittle down their favorites to a manageable album’s length, this time around Chu decided to chase his muse wherever it might take him. And by letting the creative waters flow—and flow—POP ETC have landed in a new sonic territory resulting in their most exciting work to date.

This is an exciting album.  POP ETC is very difficult to pigeon-hole.  From a massive swath of endless ideas and unlimited potential to a drum-tight, collaboratively curated and focused group of precise and polished songs, POP ETC have embraced a new path that still leads to those eureka moments they have always sought. And Chu, never short on sentiment, reflects on the album’s slice-of-life mentality with a nostalgic appreciation.  He claims that this album took a lot out of the band, and it is an album you need to listen to to appreciate.

01.25 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC *
01.26 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
01.28 – Music Hall of Williamsburg– Brooklyn, NY *
01.29 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
01.30 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA *
* w/ Oh Wonder 

1. Please, Don’t Forget Me
2. Vice
3. I Wanted To Change The World But The World Changed Me
4. Running In Circles
5. What Am I Becoming?
6. Backwards World
7. Your Heart Is A Weapon
8. Beating My Head Against The Wall
9. Bad Break
10. I’m Only Dreaming

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