I live in Washington,DC which is home to a whole lot of punk rock history. Fugazi, Dischord Records, Scream....the list goes on and on. I respect the harder stuff and will listen to it in small doses...but me, I'm more of a power pop kind of girl. A good hook and a catchy chorus that makes me want to dance around while listening is that which is near and dear to my heart.
So it was completely fabulous this year to discover a couple local bands with songs and sensibilities along those lines. The shimmering Beatles-like guitar sound of Title Tracks, and the rock with a side of pop hooks from the new J Robbins (of Jawbox)band, Office of Future Plans, have been wowing me since stumbling upon them. Title Tracks is the solo band of John Davis (Georgie James, Q and Not U). OFP got together as a bit of a lark, but it's great they did.
OFP just teamed up with Damon Locks of The Eternals for the A.V. Club's Holiday Undercover 2011 series. (AV brings in 10 bands to play a holiday-related song of the band's choosing.) Their choice? "Holiday in Cambodia" by The Dead Kennedys. Cause really, what says "Happy Holidays" more than rocking song about Pol Pot? It will rock your face off though.
OFP just released their self-titled first record on Dischord Records in November.
Office Of Future Plans and Damon Locks cover "Holiday In Cambodia"