It's a rare and special occasion that I deviate from my doom metal dorkery to write about a pop band, but every once in a while I find one that merits it. Today I bring you Boom! Bap! Pow! who are the kind of act who lend legitimacy to pop by showcasing the musicianship behind it. There is something fun and organic about Boom! Bap! Pow! that goes beyond their whimsical name. The self-applied genre tag "Rock 'n' Soul" seems to sum the band up pretty accurately. Sure, these guys are lighthearted and even a little bit silly, but at times we need that to maintain sanity. There is a sense of serendipity and joy that permeates the upbeat splashes of guitar on songs like Suit. Toss in some spectacular drumming and occasionally sassy vocals and you have yourself a band who it's hard to stop listening too. Delve into Boom! Bap! Pow!'s fairly simplistic soundworld and you will find yourself feeling better about the darkness that threatens to consume us all. Boom! Bap! Pow! get what pop music can be, and they bring it hard, dealing in raw emotion and poetic song structures that rend the heart.
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