“Super Pop” Washer

"Super Pop" by Washer, is Northern Transmissions' 'Song of the Day'. The track comes off their split 7" Bethlehem Steel, out 11/30 via Exploding In Sound
"Super Pop" by Washer

Exploding In Sound Records, recently revealed a split 7” from Washer and Bethlehem Steel, due out November 30th. Washer’s new single “Super Pop,” a quick unfiltered blast of what makes Washer such a great band, premiered today via PopMatters who say, “One minute and 15 seconds is all singer-guitarist-bassist Mike Quigley and drummer Kieran McShane need to swing from palmed-string bedroom twang to sweaty basement show build-up, to a shout-along chorus worthy of early Superchunk and a final cathartic scream-out.”

It’s super pop indeed, but not in the shiny hyper-produced kind of way, more in the “I may never escape this melody again” way. The band is joined by split mate Becca Ryskalczyk of Bethlehem Steel for some great harmonies and just as Washer’s Mike Quigley lets out a furious howl and the whole things feels as though it could spiral out of control, it fades. Covering a great amount of ground in just over a minute, it’s a unique blend of slacker punk, casual twang, and power pop that allows Washer to really thrive.

Speaking about the song, Quigley shared:

“I had been feeling bogged down by a nagging drive to avoid standards of pop songwriting. But sometimes you can kill a perfectly good hook trying to force it into something it’s not. Weird for the sake of being seen or heard as weird can be pretty dull. So we just let this one be what it was. The lyrics came after and in some sense are similar. Starts with a ritual for focusing yourself, trying to change or grow in some way. We can all reinvent ourselves if and when we need to, even if it seems impossible. You’ll be many different people throughout your life. Gotta let yourself try ’em all out.”

Washer Tour Dates with Rick Rude:

11/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rubalad w/ Human People, Rick Rude
11/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ BLAMP w/ Rick Rude, Lester, & Missing Earth
11/03 – Baltimore, MD @ The Crown w/ Rick Rude, File Select, & Purrer
11/04 – Richmond, VA @ Cafe Astrology w/ Rick Rude
11/05 – Washington, DC @ Dougout w/ Rick Rude, BRNDA, & Mister Goblin
11/06 – New Brunswick, NJ @ In The West w/ Rick Rude
11/07 – New Paltz, NY @ Crazy Dan’s Second Hand Hardcore w/ Rick Rude
11/08 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s w/ Rick Rude, Halfsour & Big Mess
11/10 – Rollinsford, NH @ Sue’s w/ Rick Rude, Notches & High Pony