The first time The Islander experienced Po Po was at a Signals show a couple of months ago at The Smell. They were the third act on a four act bill (the first two being The Allah Las and The Numerators) of what was one of the best shows I have ever been to. Back then, all seven months ago, Po Po was a sort of noisy punk duo. Their set was was beyond energetic. It was also extremely funny because Jacob Cooper (Ex: Mae Shi, Signals, Bark Bark Bark, and currently Wavves) played drums and added a short drum solo after every song. Their newest track, “Let’s Get Away” could not sounds more different than what was played that night, but it features the same energy and sense of cool. Unlike previous Po Po songs, “Let’s Get Away” is primarily synthesizers and has a fairly high production value. At first it was strange hearing them sound like this, but the group’s new sound is great and easy to get used to. The instrument that opens the song is one of the best sounding synths produced in a while, and the atmospheric backing noise perfectly accents the vocals by giving the song a very spacey vibe. One of the best and most interesting parts of the song is the odd flute instrument that repeats every so often throughout the majority of song because it gives the song an almost religious feeling. After the song ends, you may, and probably will, feel the need to play it on repeat. Over all,Po Po managed to produce one of the best songs of Fall 2010.
Everything about Moses Campbell is quite good. Their shows are beyond fun, and their album, Who are You? Who is Anyone? (coming out on vinyl 9/3/10), is extremely enjoyable from the first song to the last. First and foremost, The Islander has to say if one ever has the chance to see them, it is completely worthwhile. The energy they project is almost unreal, and they sound equally great, if not better live. Who are You? Who is Anyone? is an extremely original album, with familiar songs. Every song on the album is catchy, easy to listen to, but also interesting. Singer, Sean Solomon’s voice perfectly accents the calm yet energetic instrumental tracks. The Islander has learned from various conversations with different members of the band, that their influences range from Nirvana to Television to Weezer. “Overhead” is a awesome song that displays a lot of what the band does, plus during the intro, guitarist Miles Winter plays a saw with a bow. When at one point in time, each and every song on an album has been your particular favorite, then you know it’s a great album, and The Islander has absolutely felt this way about Moses Campbell’s first release.
Being stuck on an island is kind of a bummer. If you happen to be in that situation and have wifi, this is the hookup. All kidding aside, we are going to attempt to provide you with fun things to listen to while avoiding insanity. Music is possibly the best way to pass the time, and it’s also pretty tight. At the end of the day, we are just posting and promoting music we enjoy.