Detroit based power pop/indie rock artist, Nick Piunti, “knocks out the hooks and melodies one after the other in the most classic of power pop styles.” (Absolute Power Pop)
The new album “Trust Your Instincts” expands upon Nick’s obsession with the three-minute pop song, successfully displayed in his last two solo releases, 2013’s “13 in My Head” and 2015’s follow up, “Beyond the Static”. Both of those albums found their way onto many year-end “best of” lists, and this year’s model is sure to do the same. Lyrically, Nick digs a little deeper with his most personal record to date, while still maintaining the energetic riffs and hooks that define his sound.
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The Anderson Council creates a modern pop atmosphere infused with a strong dose of rock nostalgia, drawing upon its British Invasion idols to offer a rich, bright and buoyant sound.
Early recordings by The Who and Pink Floyd figure in heavily to the band’s music—think My Generation and Piper at the Gates of Dawn. In fact, the band name refers to the other halves of Pink Floyd—Pink (Anderson) and Floyd (Council). Pete Townshend-esque guitar riffs play into songs like “Strawberry Smell,” vocal harmonies throughout the band’s catalog suggest The Hollies, and occasional threads of Eastern strings (in songs like “Hole in the Sky”) conjure The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.”
But the band brings a fresh take on these decades-old influences. Compared by Magnet magazine to The White Stripes and The Hives, The Council not only appeals to fans of rockers like The Kinks, but bands like The Jam, XTC, Elvis Costello & The Attractions and Sloan too.
“This is a great career-spanning retrospective (with new songs) featuring re-mastered versions of some of the best Anderson Council tracks including personal favorites “Sitting on a Cloud” and “Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours.” I absolutely love the four new songs. “Girl on The Northern Line” is the tastiest slice of pop psych I’ve heard in quite some time.”
“New Jersey’s Anderson Council powers its way through this heavenly collection of new and previously released classics. Who-like, frenetic intensity, committed vocals, crackling guitars, and in-your- face songwriting abound. Peter Horvath and crew take no prisoners on one of this year’s most energetic releases.”
Combining the jangle of Power Pop, the scorch of Psych Rock, the reckless abandon of Garage Rock and the vocal harmonies of 60’s folk rock, The Anderson Council offer up a delicious blend of American and British pop. The Who if they were influenced by Canadian rockers Sloan, this is a band that transcends genres yet fits comfortably within the framework of Power Pop and Garage Rock. On the first spin, you’ll find yourself singing along with each song by the time it comes to an end. These are hooks that were made for earworms. Dig it!
“Wonderfully crafted mod pop jangle goodness that I’ve always had a soft spot for. Catchy sharp harmonies and hooks. Hearing this makes me want to take a ride to the coast on a pristine day. I can drink a cup of tea and relax to this, or crank it up at my midsummer keg party! Good stuff.”
Kurt Baker - Recording Artist
“The swirling infectious melodies from an American band with a distinct British flavor this collection reminds us why The Anderson Council’s Power Pop is some of the best ever recorded. The new songs fit right in making this a perfect ‘primer’ Bravo!”