POP ETC made their live debut early last night for free at The Bowery Hotel. This created a light-free feel-good environment that the band definitely benefited from.
Only Chris & Jon Chu, and Julian Harmon remain on-board from the Morning Benders, as bassist Tim Or has left. There are two new band members, one taking over bass duties, and another who played keys, making the POP ETC head count at 5. The band rocked all of their debut album, bringing the songs to life effortlessly. While some people may feel mixed on their new direction, it’s tough to deny the fun nature of the songs live. They are vibrant and bouncy live, a whole lot of fun.
I loved The Benders, and naturally was sad they didn’t play any of their older stuff. But they are moved past their old stuff, and headed into this new direction. As long as you go into their live show with an open mind and realize that this is now POP ETC, you will definitely enjoy what they have to offer you.
POP ETC’s new album, and their first since they changed their name is currently streaming over at MTV Hive. The album comes out next week (June 12) on Rough Trade. Head to MTV Hive to give the album a good listen, and to read Chris’ interview with them.
What are you waiting for?
If you have yet to watch their performance of “Keep It For Your Own” for Yours Truly, you should get on that.