|Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|Biography: Music to blow stuff up and drive fast to. High-energy, heavy rock/punk, with tasty guitar riffs and melodic choruses ala The Foo Fighters. These songs tell tales of adult angst, digital-age isolation, and farm animals. Goes great with beer and hot girls.
Popular Giants is garage rock/pop-punk band from Los Angeles, California. The high-energy songs on their debut album Popular Giants, works big catchy hooks and harmonies over fat guitar riffs in the spirit of The Foo Fighters, The Ramones and Nirvana, as well as a lot of “dirty rock n’ roll” style lead guitar ripping, ala Turbonegro’s seminal album Apocalypse Dudes.
Christopher Peacock formed the band in 2011 as guitarist and songwriter to simply get back to playing the kind of “old skool” punky rock he grew up on. After going through several different singers the following year –including a stint with Kenyan R n’B-star-turned-afro-punk Richie Longomba- Christo began singing the songs he was writing as well. With the addition of punk-rock surgeon (really) Francis Cyran on bass, John Fortin’s searing lead guitar and multi-instrumentalist Mike “Choco” Criddell on drums – Popular Giants was born as an answer to the now shared question; “What the hell happened to rock?”
Not only did the band really click musically, writing songs together with a strong vision of what makes good songs: simplicity, dynamics, catchy melodies and balls - there was a shared consensus about the sound of rock records these days. In this rapidly accelerating digital age, seemingly anyone can create whatever genre of rock music they want at home on their computer, but with everyone using similar drum samples and digital guitar plug-ins, a homogenization of the sound has taken place, a “digital sound,” which could best be described as thin or “tinny,” or perhaps more accurately…lacking balls. But back before computer recording, editing and “modeling” of music was the norm, professional albums were recorded on analog tape, which produced a rich, warmer tone than most of the albums released today (The Foo Fighters’ sonically perfect Wasting Light was also recorded on two-inch analog tape). To get back to that sound, the band recorded Popular Giants on a Stevens two-inch analog tape machine from the 1970’s (the actual machine Pink Floyd used for The Wall in fact), to preserve the “fat” steamroller sound of Popular Giants live.
Play it loud.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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