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Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
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Many years ago I fell in love with Coldplay, and I’m not ashamed to say it. Earlier this year I discovered Bell X1. Now I’ve been drawn into the small field of fans supporting the band Popcult — and this is a group of fans I guarantee you will be growing heavily over the next few years. Like a fusion of Bell X1 and Coldplay, Popcult utilizes sweeping vocals and harmonious guitar, piano and synthesizers to create a soothing sound that rests in one’s ears with a gentle ambivalence.

Their self titled EP is exceptional, and it hasn’t gotten the recognition it deserves. Fun fact: Their EP is available through Noisetrade.com which means you can download it for free, and then “Tip” the artist anywhere from $1 to $100 after your download — if you choose to be so kind. Just click HERE for the link to the download of the entire EP. - Earmilk.com


Popcult EP - Released July 26, 2011



It's hard to believe a band like POPCULT hails from the American Midwest (Denver, CO). With sounds nostalgic of alternative brit-pop in its heyday (e.g. young Coldplay, early Muse), one would assume the band originated overseas, where they'd at least be old enough to buy a drink.

Upon listening, immediately obvious is their commitment to musical integrity - writing for themselves sans obligations to popular culture.

Frontman Justin Renaud explains:
"The best thing about making music rather than listening to it is creating exactly what you want to hear. It's making something that you've been wanting to hear for so long, but nobody can quite communicate it the same way you can. So yeah, In a way it's self-gratification. But I'm always my toughest critic, so the quest to write a perfect song never ends."

And that's just what the 19 year old visionaries are doing.

The band started in late 2010 backing Denver based electro outfit 'The Chain Gang of 1974,' recording demos in the back of a tour van. Months later, Renaud and his bandmate Tyler Venter decided to focus on their own project. After a very successful digital release of their debut EP last July, (with over 1000 downloads in the first two months) they've managed to stir up some attention in their hometown. Now a four-piece, the band has already started pre-production on their second release. the best part:

"It will be free. I've always wanted to give away music for free. And now that we all have day jobs, we can afford to do that."


All of Our Friends - 10/17/11