Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Meet Greenback High!

Vancouver's Greenback High describe themselves as "pop music for punks" - playing "power pop ringed with tragedy, political commentary, and straight up good times". If you think that sounds like a band I'd be very much into, you are absolutely right! The lineup is Robbie Beardo of Vicious Cycles on bass/vocals, FloorTom Jones of DOA on guitar/vocals, Joshy Atomic of The Jolts on lead guitar/vocals, and J.J. Heathen on drums. These guys have been together for a couple of years and recently issued their debut 7". Their sound combines the anthemic side of '70s punk (Clash, Sham 69, Stiff Little Fingers) with high energy power pop. A-side "Bombs Away" is definitely the band's signature song - it's short and snappy and makes quite a statement. On the flip, "All Of Us Or None" runs nearly twice as long but sacrifices no energy whatsoever. The lead guitar work is nothing short of superb, and the urgency of the vocals/lyrics is a genuine throwback to the classic bands these four emulate. If you miss the days when "political" punk music didn't shy away from melody and hooks, Greenback High will be music to your ears. Can't wait to hear more!


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