Pop music is awesome. I was going to write it always has been…but that isn’t true recently. Because pop is now a genre when once it just meant music that was popular. Music that was in some way accessible to a lot of people.
I’d love to say I miss the days when chart music was simply a measurement of what artists sold the most records that week and not of who had the largest team at the major label, but I don’t. I’m told by people with even more grey in their beards than I have that it was the case once upon a time.
Lower record sales and heavier touring schedules have seen something of a resurgence of a rock and alternative music in the public consciousness though, we now have a prime time Radio 1 Rock Show, bands like Bring Me the Horizon at number 2 and more stylish hair cuts than ever before. So that’s good. If there’s any justice this slight shift of the mainstream to accommodate rock music will see Press to Meco soar to fantastic heights.
Why? Well firstly they’re a power trio and that’s cool as hell. Motorhead anyone? Or Biffy Clyro ? Nirvana (albeit briefly)? The Police? Shellac? All wildly creative units composed of three bodies who make more noise than most bands with their army of laptops combined.
Being a power trio is cool. Unless you’re Blink 182. Then it’s the worst.
Also have you heard those harmonies? It’s a bit of a struggle sometimes to find a band with one good singer let alone three who sound like the Beatles at their melodic best, but without the obtuse references to Walruses and the obsession with sounding like fruit. Or something.
And these guys can play. Their music is accessible, but it isn’t simple. The musicianship on display throughout their tracks is remarkable, especially when you consider all three are also singing. Their frequent spin on a dime dynamic shifts and juddering rhythms act as the perfect muscular foil to their sugary melodies.
You can even forget all that, they just write great songs. That already puts them miles ahead of the majority of their peers who are still struggling with choosing what recycled riffs they stole from their favorite bands to try and bolt together.
Here’s to more bands like Press to Meco. It’s nice to have great songs that you can sing along to, dance to and occasional punch the floor in odd time signatures too. How nonsense as banal as All Time Low rises to arenas when there’s music like this out there continues to boggle my mind…