Pope (NOLA) Share Full Length Debut “Fiction”

March 5, 2015


Pope Stream Full Length Debut “Fiction” with Noisey

“Fiction” is out next Tuesday, March 10th via Community Records / Funeral Sounds

New Orleans’ Pope are getting ready to release their upcoming full length debut Fiction, next week on March 10th via Community Records (Caddywhompus, Sun Hotel, All People). The wait to hear Fiction however, is over. Noisey are streaming the band’s impressive new record in full, an easy must-listen for fans of anything that’s ever been described as “college rock” or “slacker”… which is to say that Pope know a thing or two about the underground world of indie rock.The band, comprised of Matthew Seferian (guitar/vocals), Alex Skalany (guitar/vocals), and Atticus Lopez (drums) have been playing together since their high school days and the chemistry is radiant throughout Fiction‘s twelve infectious songs. Noisey described the record as “your older brother’s new favorite record” before elaborating “this record is a powerhouse that gives tribute to the artists that inspire it, but more than that it, takes the model of those songs and kicks everything into overdrive, making familiar sounds and chords something else entirely.”


You can listen below-

Fiction is the band’s long awaited full length debut, following a trail of EPs and singles and finds the band expanding with a newfound sense of maturity to their songwriting. Fuzzy melodies and hook filled riffs offer a lush sonic landscape for the duel vocals of Skalany and Seferian. The band’s sound swirls between noise-pop and 90’s influenced indie rock in the vein of Superchunk, Guided By Voices, and Pavement, but like those bands and their drive to create timelessly infectious rock, there’s nothing “slacker” about it. Pope’s album is filled with overdriven guitar pop that moves between crushing distortion and introspective lyricism about life’s finer things… making bad decisions, friends and relationships, anxiety, the joys of social interactions, and the inevitable self depreciation, all delivered with an unwavering sense of awareness and biting sarcasm. There’s a radiant energy to Pope’s fuzzy indie noise and it shines throughout the record in massive enveloping guitar tones and warm power pop vocal melodies.

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“sonically reflects late-twentieth century flannel favorites like Hüsker Dü and Screaming Trees, but the single also has a Gen-X, lackadaisical-meets-philosophical theme” – SPIN

“noisy and dense, slathered with layers of distortion and fuzz, yet it also feels oddly welcoming” – Stereogum

BIO:Born in the 90s. Never left. This New Orleans based 3 piece band started playing music together during their high school years together in Houston, Texas. Their close friendship translates into the music they create in that it feels simple, yet dense, layered, and mature. Alex Skalany and Matthew Seferian (guitar – Donovan Wolfington) share roles of guitar, bass, and lead vocals while Atticus Lopez provides a backbone of well structured drum parts. The final product is something that reflects influence from noise / grunge / pop bands such as Superchunk and Pavement, yet provides a fresh perspective that makes their musical project sound exciting and unique. Community Records is releasing their debut full length “Fiction” on Tuesday March 10th on 500 clear / purple mix vinyl. Funeral Sounds Records will be releasing the cassette.

Fiction tracklist:1. Laptop’s House
2. Let Down [Stream/Embed]
3. Gearbear
4. Fast Eddy [Stream/Embed]
5. Animal
6. Signatures & Checks
7. Will Taylor
8. Panic
9. Bug
10. Parties
11. All The Time
12. Andy

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