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[new]: POP ETC – Running In Circles

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2015

POP ETC

It’s been a while since we heard from POP ETC. They released their first album as POP ETC in 2012 after changing their name from The Morning Benders. Since then, the trio has kept relatively quiet, aside from releasing a few covers here and there on soundcloud.

Here we are in 2015 and they’re one of the first bands to make a move. They have released a brand new single called “Running In Circles.” It dabbles hard in a 80s synth-led sound, delivering perfect pop hooks with a late night new wave vibe. This would have been a perfect companion while playing GTA Miami Vice.

“Running In Circles” is the first track from a new album that we can hopefully expect later in the year. It just may be the best thing that they boys have released as POP ETC.

I’ve posted the stream below, as well as the music video which stars Wushu master, Sifu Chen Ying. If you like what you hear, go ahead and purchase the track on iTunes.
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POP ETC @ Bowery Hotel (July 22, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2012



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.

[album stream]: POP ETC – POP ETC

By Will Oliver, June 5th 2012

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.

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[watch]: POP ETC – Keep It For Your Own (Yours Truly Session)

By Will Oliver, May 30th 2012 — with 1 comment

POP ETC have returned to the always great Yours Truly, performing their fantastic new single “Keep It For Your Own”. Their 2010 Yours Truly performance of “Excuses” really helped them break through, and this time they use the session as their first real performance since the name switch.

The session starts with a noteworthy explanation about the current state of the band, and then the bands kicks through a mighty strong version of “Keep It For Your Own”. It’s great, and it’s posted below. for your viewing pleasure.
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POP ETC’s New Single: Keep It For Your Own

By Will Oliver, May 15th 2012

“Keep It For Your Own” is the first single from POP ETC’s new album. It’s a great choice for a first single as it combines everything that I love from the Morning Benders as well as the new stylings of POP ETc. The best of both worlds.

Buy the single on iTunes. POP ETC comes out June 12 via Rough Trade.

[new]: POP ETC – Live It Up

By Will Oliver, April 30th 2012

“Live It Up” is a song from POP ETC’s new self-titled album. They just released self-directed video for “Live It Up” that features frontman Chris Chu singing straight at you, full of emotion and expression. It’s a simple video that does the job.

The song continues the trend towards expressive r&b that features auto-tuned vocals and plenty of soul. It furthers the new direction that they are taking.

Catch it below.
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