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The best kept secret in music


"Praise for Indie Rot"

*4 Stars "Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jay Garrigan will make you swear that Freddie Mercury has been sent back to this mortal plane on "Love Will Destroy Us." - Justin Hayes, Go Triad Magazine

"The band's latest EP, Indie Rot, is by far its best work. Evolution is shown in such songs as "Love Will Destroy Us," a marvelous bit of pure-pop camp that illustrates that Garrigan knows exactly what made the late Freddie Mercury of Queen so marvelous." - Ed Bumgardner, Relish Now!

"Cons: Not many. Pros: Anytime Garrigan says “Yeah!” or shouts anything at all. Indie Rot revels in its rambunctious jitter but never tries to be a party record." -Matthew Reynolds, CLTRock
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"Charming and Enthralling"

"Charlotte's Poprocket have a cutting-edge sound well versed in the styles of the Smithereens, Pavement and the Afghan Whigs. Poprocket - one of the best bands Charlotte has to offer - mesh and mold the fury of rock with the flightiness of pop in an unassuming yet aggressive manner that is both charming and enthralling. Jay Garrigan has a powerful voice (comparable to Jeff Buckley's) and heartfelt lyrics (that range from witty to woeful)."
- Kevin Foster Langston, Free Times, Columbia, SC - Free Times, Columbia, SC

"A Touch of the Beatles and Buckleys"

"...Featured is Charlotte, NC trio Poprocket, a jangle-pop outfit a bit like the Smithereens with a touch of the Buckleys in the vocals and the Beatles in the backbeat." - Nicoll/Ware, Creative Loafing, Atlanta - Creative Loafing - Atlanta

"Each Song is an Adventure"

"Each song is an adventure, the tempo and mood can careen around the stage like some manic child full of sugar that will run up and kick you in the shin, do a lap around the room and then come back and give you a hug. A Poprocket song doesn't conclude, it crashes or implodes and when the feedback dies it's just three guys looking a bit sheepish as if to say, that was pretty intense but hey, it's just us."
- Ed McDonald, Music Comit Magazine, Charlotte, NC - Music Comit Magazine


2003 Indie Rot - Stealth Kitty Records
2000 Some Songs - Stealth Kitty Records


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'Love and Hook Laden Legacy'

Take the influences of classic pop and rock bands like the Beatles and Queen, blend in alternative and indie rock like the Pixies and Pavement, add in strong, flexible vocals and edgy, fun, street-smart songs and the resulting concoction is the unique, self-styled regional favorite Poprocket. Jay Garrigan, Shawn Lynch and Joe Kuhlmann, together and individually, have combined talents that rival any commercial band gracing the radio airwaves.

Jay Garrigan – songwriter and performer - is the
ringleader of Charlotte's beloved thrash-pop outfit. While touring endlessly in the late 90's opening for big name acts such as Pavement and The B-52's, Jay Garrigan's studio experience increased, working with the likes of Ed Stasium (Living Color, Bowie), Jeff Tomei (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), Steve Haigler (Pixies), and Clint Steele (Swans)… to name a few.

While in graduate school in 1994, Jay Garrigan joined 2nd Skin, a group formed out of the ashes of Charlotte's Fetch-n-Bones (Capitol). The group soon changed its name to Violet Strange and found itself constantly on the brink of getting signed. With the help of RCA and Ed Stasium, Violet Strange released their work, "Stray." However, Jay, finding his own songwriting skills ripening, left the group in 1996.

In 1997, while performing solo shows and honing his craft, Jay was asked by Laburnum's singer to take over vocal duties. Within a month of Jay joining, Laburnum was signed to Deep South Management. Once again, Jay was in a band that seemed on the brink of a big record deal. In 1999, however, Laburnum split up into "First Night on Earth," "Bellglide," and eventually… Poprocket.

Returning back to his solo shows in the summer of '99, Jay played mostly indie/punk clubs in the Southeast, and continued writing new material. Feeling the urgency to rock with a wicked band behind him, he gathered the forces of Jeffrey Larish, a tattooed rock-a-holic bassist, and Shawn Lynch, ex Lou Ford drummer. Within a month they
were playing NYC during CMJ and toured strongly for the next three years. While Poprocket began as a pop band, the combination of their various musical roots, and their high energy, fun rock shows expanded into more adventurous, edgy and sometimes manic rock, led by Jay's powerful voice (comparable to Jeff Buckley's and Freddie Mercury's) and strong, emotive songs.

When Poprocket's first EP, "Some Songs," debuted on GarageBand.com, it moved up the charts to settle comfortable at #15 out of 15,665 in the Pop/Rock Genre (Song: Lampshade Girl Part III). Recorded and mixed in two days by Doug Williams at Electro Magnetic Radiation Recorders in Winston-Salem, "Some Songs" attracted the attention of critics and new fans throughout the South and Mid-Atlantic. Poprocket performed hundreds of dates throughout the area, opening for such bands as
ElfPower, Five-Eight and Crooked Fingers. Concurrently, Creative Loafing voted Shawn Lynch best Overall Musician in 2001.

The release of "Indie Rot" proved this was no one-off band. Jenny Plyler, a punk-inspired bass player from Washington D.C.'s Popgun, joined Poprocket halfway thru the recording of "Indie Rot." Recorded by Chris Garges at Jay Howard Audio in Charlotte, NC, the sophomore effort of love and hook-laden rock has not only drawn the attention of industry "players" but raised Poprocket into Southeast and Mid-Atlantic media darlings as one favorable review follows another. ("…one of the best bands Charlotte has to offer.." Free Times, Columbia, SC). The EP also gained notice from several indie labels, but after failed negotiations, Garrigan decided to release "Indie Rot" on his own label, Stealth Kitty Records. Continuing to be recognized in the industry, Jay's songs are currently being shopped (by invitation) for film and TV in Los Angeles.

Recently Joe Kuhlmann, co-owner of The Evening Muse and 36th Street Studios in Charlotte, NC joined the team as their new bassist, solidifying the maturity and commitment of the trio. Together this line-up brings a wealth of stage, studio and songwriting craft to the Poprocket experience. The fans in Charlotte seem to agree, as Poprocket was voted Creative Loafing's 2004 Readers' Pick – Best Rock Band. Look for a new, full-length Poprocket CD as well as a Jay Garrigan solo release (recorded in Jay's Stealth Kitty Studios) in 2005.