The Manifesto: 'Pop' is the dirtiest word in the English language. It is a cheap, tawdry word--a monosyllabic catchall for the cultural gruel that is fed daily to the oblivious, seething masses. To some it is quite literally a curse word that, once uttered, ruins credibility and creates a label that cannot be washed away. It is an obscene representation of rampant commercialism and the epitome of worthless, disposable art. That said, 'pop' is beautiful. For years there has been an anti-establishment musical movement that we have all rallied behind. It was a revolt against a popular ideal, a rebellion that sought to create an artistically sound alternative to the commercialized music that ruled the airwaves. Call it punk; call it alternative; call it what you will. The idea was a novel one: declare oneself anti-pop and therefore become popular. But the initiated among us know that this was all a cop-out. Like faux-faded Gap jeans, the hypocrisy seeped silently into our consciousnesses and no amount of tattoos and piercings could rid us of it. We must now accept the fact that all music is pop music. The rebellion has come full circle. By taking itself too seriously, the 'alternative nation' has become a clichéd parody of itself. It has run it's course. It has been de-clawed. So to put a spin on the old Dadaist maxim: in order for the old to die, the new must be born. We must kill our idols. Pop is the new revolt. We are groping madly for a new language--a language for the movement, a language for the population. We must free ourselves of our flawed logic and revel in our inconsistencies. We must crawl out of our human skin and become greater than ourselves. So open your mind, your heart, your legs. Everything is possible when there is nothing left to loose. The beginning of the end of the world is here and all you need to do is forget everything you know. Our dirty little secrets are being shamelessly plastered on every billboard and TV screen and the ultimate liberation is just one beat away. Embrace the heresy. You've already sold out. Pop yourself, let's pop ourselves, enjoy... About the band: Things That Go Pop were formed in Austin, TX in October of 2002 by a group of disaffected college graduates whose musical paths happened to cross at just the right time. From the beginning it was clear that, at the very least, the band sounded good on paper. Andy Klier (synthesizer, orchestra bells, guitar, vocals) proudly boasted a BFA in music composition from the world-renowned School of 'Music' at UT Austin; Josh Batschelet (bass, loops, vocals) trained on double bass and over the course of a decade devolved to three string electric; and Jerad Kolarik (guitar, drum machine, vocals) studied the great works of world literature only to write lyrics about his petty emotional problems. With the addition of international playboy Jeremy Ridge on drums, Things That Go Pop immediately became a cohesive unit and have been steadily rising in the ranks of the Austin music scene. They released their first recording (The Self-Titled EP) in February 2003 and released the Pop Yourself EP on Pay 2 Play Records in May 2004. In their first performance they won second place in The Battle of the Bands at Click's Billiards--not a bad showing considering they were the only non-death metal band on the bill --and have been played raucous shows around town ever since, including a live, televised set for the Austin Music Network fundraiser. Recently they have been working with a local promotion company, played a bimonthly residency on 6th street, and have been playing shows in support of their new EP. Sonically, Things That Go Pop play a distinctive brand of progressive garage pop that incorporates a mixture of dirty guitars, ripped-speaker bass, and hooky keyboards. Their sound, like their set-up is ever-expanding and frequently incorporates digital loops, orchestra bells and drum machines. As their name implies, TTGP do approach the idea of pop music, but from a decidedly anti-pop direction thus creating a dramatic tension that emanates through their music. And although you should never pigeonhole any band, TTGP believe they could be grouped along the likes of Fugazi, The Rapture, and Blonde Redhead. Things That Go Pop would like to thank you for reading their bio, and would like to invite you to re-embrace our dirty little secret called Pop.