Single Review: Popular Music by SHEAFS

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Sheffield-born rock ‘n’ roll band SHEAFS released their latest single ‘Popular Music’ ahead of their performance at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid on July 11e-13e.

Other upcoming performances include a date at The Fringe at Tramlines on the 20the July as well as five flagship shows in September and October. The tour begins with their biggest show to date in their hometown of Sheffield at The Foundry on the 27the September before moving to London, Manchester’s Night & Day Café, Nottingham and Newcastle in October.

“Popular Music” is reminiscent of SHEAFS’ volatile discography, though it stands out as a notable track for its unusual form. The same infectious energy is immediately apparent from the opening guitar riffs – this band really knows how to hook you right away and leave you wanting more.

The song itself is relatively simplistic in terms of chord progression and structure; the lyrics don’t reveal much either as they come with a lot of repetition and feature fairly basic rhyming phrases… the irony though is clear. “It’s gotta keep it simple, if you really want to please people” and “I hate what you play, it just sounds the same” are ironic highlights of the song’s structural and lyrical simplicity combined with the simultaneous complaints about nausea from boring pop music.

While the single may be intentionally uninspiring in some ways, the idea and the larger protest against the monotony of modern pop music is heartening.

sheaf set Night and day cafe the 5the October for an intimate performance, you won’t regret it.

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