Here’s the sweet-toothed truth about Pop –
It’s not often you get to use the word “cat” about a fellow human, but then it’s not every day you come across someone like Pop Levi. And Pop Levi is one strange cat.
Born in London, with musical roots in Liverpool, a stint playing with Ladytron and a home in Los Angeles, Pop Levi likes to describe what’s good about pop music as “astral”. His debut album, The Return To Form Black Magick Party, is, fittingly, worthy of the term. Although the most obvious precursor of his sound might be Mark Bolan, listen carefully and you’ll hear touches of everyone from Jack White, Prince and Hendrix to Dylan, Lennon and Beefheart in there. But rather than being any kind of eyebrow-raised pastiche, this is what Pop describes as “channelling” – an album of such complete conviction, flair and energy (plus a lorryload of hooks) that it is utterly irresistible, a stack heel pushed right down on the accelerator.
So come along, dance around and get sugar in your eye. It’s gonna be cosmic, and it’s gonna be fun.
Two other things:
1. Over The Atlantic is supporting. You all know how we here at Wtgnista is feeling about Bevan Smith and his myriad of projects.
2. Jaegermeister is sponsoring. There will be presents on the door, and trinkets and drinks being given away. *Hic*
Here be a Pop Levi track you can listen to.
SAN FRANCISCO BATHHOUSE
WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE
Presales are $35, and available from Slow Boat Records