Anushka Pop

Anushka Pop

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Anushka Pop are a Boston-based power pop band that take to the stage with pop melodicism, sharp hooks and the pursuit of the perfect 3-minute single.

Biography

A Boston-based 3-piece band, Anushka Pop was formed in one of the area's least auspicious rehearsal spaces. The colder days of 2000 saw John Soares laboring in Boston's open mic circuit, while Chris Welch played drums for the hardcore act Cops on Crutches. The group soon added bass player Johnny Arguedas, who brought harmony vocals and his own prodigious cache of original songs.

The band came together out of a mutual admiration for the power pop acts of the 70's, bands like the Raspberries, the Jam and the Paul Collins Beat. Since their first club date, Anushka Pop has continued to take to the stage with pop melodicism, sharp hooks and the pursuit of the perfect 3-minute single.

That pursuit led them to record more than once at Allston's Galaxy Park. Their first effort produced "The Judy Song", featured on Your New Favorite CD (Primary Voltage, 2003). The second sessions resulted in I Wanna Tell You Something, a 3-song EP released on Sassy Boy Records. In October of 2005 Anushka Pop released their latest EP, Akathena, recorded at the Moontower by Mike Quinn. Receiving critical praise from the local press, this EP continues in the vein of Anushka Pop's 2003 eponymous debut e.p. The band's tightly-crafted arrangements and rapturous performances are well represented here, this time in a suite of seven songs about love, war, remembrance, rebirth, and self-consciousness... and girls.

Anushka Pop has shared the stage not only with notable local bands, but also touring acts including Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Radio 4, Dressy Bessy, Washington Social Club and the Deathray Davies.

Lyrics

Gurlfriend

Written By: John Soares

I’ve got a gurlfriend
She gives me everything
And when I start to cry
Don’t stop for anything

Sad songs all sound alike
Don’t sound like anything
Where will we go tonight
Support means everything

Intellect isn’t where we ought to be
Disconnect when I think she’s on to me

I’ve got a girlfriend
Just like she’s telling me
Don’t think I’ll say you’re right
That’s what she does to me

Gets in the way
Why can’t we stop and just erase
Everythying she’s got so neatly placed
Here’s another spot where we withdraw
Girls around the corner singin’ na na na...

Intellect isn’t where she wants to be
Disconnect if I think she’s...

It gets so complicated
She’s got me overrated
I don’t know what she’s waiting for

I got a girfriend
Condition’s anything
And when I start to cry
She gives me everything

Akathena

Written By: John Soares

I don’t wanna walk around all day
Wander in my haze hating everybody
Stumble ‘round maybe miss my mark
Fumble in the dark like an understudy

Never feeling better
Than a scarlett letter
When she’s wearing my clothes

Akathena hello, I’m waiting for you darlin’
Interacting so slow
Akathena hello, I’m waiting for you darlin’
Hey! Hey!

I don’t wanna spend the rest of my life
Biting down on strife I’m a corporation
She commands everywhere she lands
When she waves her hands prestidigitation

Desperation letter
When we’re not together
Watch her pigeon her toes

Akathena hello, I’m waiting for you darlin’
Interacting so slow
Akathena hello, I’m waiting for you darlin’
Hey! Hey!

Autumn, 1993

Written By: Johnny Arguedas

No don’t tell me
I seem to remember
It’s been forever
Memories from back home

And I know you played a part
But the distance was too far
I’ve kept you as a friend
Even through the bitter end
From back then

How’s your family
You still with your first love?
Wish I kept up
Things will soon die down again

And I know you played a part
But the distance was too far
I’ve kept you as a friend
Even through the bitter end
From back then

I’ll call you soon
We’ll meet again
If we get lost, I won’t forget

And I know you played a part
But the distance was too far
I’ve kept you as a friend
Even through the bitter end
From back then

Discography

Single: "The Judy Song" 2003
EP: "Anushka Pop" 2004
EP: "Akathena" 2005

Both EP's have tracks that have received radio airplay and can be streamed from the web.

Set List

We typically play one set, have a standard 12 song set list that is around 45 minutes, and we occasionally throw in a cover. We have more songs in the bank to choose from, and could do two sets as well. Our covers include songs by the Beatles, the Kinks, Paul Collins Beat, Elvis Costello, etc.