In the category ‘cool name, cool band,’ here are Pop Crimes from Paris, France a band featuring members of En Attendant Ana, Blondi’s Salvation and Young Like Old Men. Gathered Together is Pop Crimes’ debut LP and it arrives after some very promising short format releases. The band lives up to the expectations. Gather Together is an accomplished contemporary indie rock record that harbors a wealth of influences and a whole lotta pop. Where some of the songs have hints of the Sarah Records section of your music collection, others will remind you of Pavement, and still others of Alvvays and even Joe Strummer. It makes for a varied record that sounds familiar, coherent and keep getting better with each spin.
Gather Together is out now on Howlin’ Banana, Safe In The Rain Records, & Les Disques Du Paradis.