I love pop music. I was first able to admit this when I was living in Sweden in 1997. There's nothing like good Swedish pop music on your headphones to warm your insides when your trudging through the snow at 1:30pm--and the sun has already set.
But the fair-haired lovelies of Scandinavia do not have a monopoly on good pop music, as expertly demonstrated by the bands at last night's Noise Pop show in San Francisco. I was there to see Mates of State, a band introduced to me by my brother (he's the kind of guy who knows ALL of the good indie bands, bluegrass bands, vocal bands--you name it.). Opening act Aqueduct was a totally adequate, nothing-terribly-special-but-perfectly-entertaining-none-the-less indie pop band, but the sister-sister pop-duo Smoosh was an added bonus entirely. The novelty of their ages was undeniable (keyboardist/singer Asy is 12, drummer Chloe is 10), but it wore off as soon as they started playing. They were, in a word, awesome. Contagious, even. Less then 24 hours later, I've downloaded their album from iTunes and I've already made everyone at the office listen to it--twice. They certainly held their own as an opening act for the pop-filled harmonies of Mates, and seemed right at home in the smilely, head-bobbing line up.
And I fell asleep with a huge smile on my face last night, and that's what really matters.