The Bombpops new EP, ‘Dear Beer‘ just released on Fat Wreck serves to tide fans over, along with providing a sneak peek into what’s to come.

Jen Razavi, along with Poli van Dam, founded The Bombpops in 2007. Together, they became the band’s backbone, writing songs that highlighted their dual guitar attack and were carried by their pitch-perfect vocal harmonies. It’d take the band a decade to release their first full-length album, but 2017’s ‘Fear of Missing Out‘ was a perfect distillation of everything they’d been working toward. And now, with the ‘Dear Beer‘ EP, they’re proving that there’s plenty more where that came from.

The four new tracks that make up ‘Dear Beer‘ are as distinct as they are powerful. Where ‘Fear of Missing Out‘ saw Razavi and van Dam throwing out pointed lyrical jabs, ‘Dear Beer‘ ups the introspection. Make no mistake, there’s still a bit of bile getting spit up, but there’s just the right amount of levity mixed in. It’s what allows these songs to work as stories, ones that are resonant for the band members, and will surely hit home for anyone who plays ‘Dear Beer‘ all the way through.

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I love a song where the lyrics tell a story, and although I may have never experienced anything like what is happening in that story, the song allows me to put myself in that person’s place.

The ‘Dear Beer‘ EP finds unity in the thematic elements of each song, as each one sees The Bombpops offering up personal anecdotes and crafting songs that have, as they intended, a narrative arc.

‘Dear Beer’ and ‘Turn up the Thermostat’ are particularly dark. They’re a bit self-loathing and reflect on negative experiences.

While the lyrics on ‘Dear Beer‘ are culled from difficult experiences, The Bombpops use their buoyant music to push back against the things weighing them down. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that they throw in just the right amount of self-deprecation to keep themselves from ever making it too much of a bummer.

We intentionally put those lyrics to playful, poppy melodies. It weirdly has a therapeutic effect in the long run. Making them light and playful makes the thing that seemed so dramatic to us at the time something to laugh about now.

That balance between the series and the lighthearted is what makes ‘Dear Beer‘ not just the logical evolution of The Bombpops sound, but also the start of a new chapter for the band. It may have taken them a decade to release their first album, but as ‘Dear Beer‘ proves, the wind is at their back, and nothing is going to keep them down.

Physical copies are available now [Here].

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The Bombpops
TRACK LISTING

1. Dear Beer
2. Polluted Skies
3.Turn Up the Thermostat
4. I Call Bullshit

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