Music, while ultimately a crowd-pleasing product, can often act as a cathartic process for the artists themselves. Therapeutic, even. Such is what latest single “Way Too Much”—premiered on New Noise Magazine—was for gritty, alt-pop group Smash Boom Pow. The Vancouver-based, blood brother duo, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Ulysses Coppard and drummer Zane Coppard, dropped the track just last week in anticipation of the upcoming release of their newest EP. An indie rock fanboy at heart, Ulysses wrote the song “to clear some heavy vibes from the atmosphere.” Let me tell you, one listen and you’ll feel some heavy tension release out of you. It’s kind of a ‘let loose’ track, and the duo says themselves that “the lyric ‘you’re asking way too much of me’ is not about an unreasonable labour request, but rather unfair emotional demands and the psychic damage they can inflict. On one hand you have love for someone and are inclined to compromise for the sake of the relationship, on the other you’ve gotta be true to your experience and set the record straight. It’s not worth living a lie.”
Though unreleased as of now, the EP has been previewed by music industry partners, and was praised heavily by award winning music supervisor and CEO David Hayman of Supergroup Sonic Branding Co., who claimed, “[EP #2] bites like a rabid wolf, yet as the gnarly vocals lull you into the frenzy, you’re transported to a kaleidoscopic euphoric state, allowing you to enjoy the deep laceration of the sharp guitars and toothy percussion… I like being bitten. I love this EP. I dig SMASH BOOM POW.”
The duo has garnered praise from other locales, as well, and have had their share of the limelight in the years since they started making music. They’ve performed alongside acts such as We Are The City, The Pack AD, Dralms, The Velveteins, and Bed Of Stars, and went on a Western Canadian tour during the summer 2016 with Soft Alarm. Plus, get this, they’ve had a song in the TV series ‘Motive’ as well as the upcoming indie film ‘THE CANNON’ directed by Marshall Axani. But some of “the most powerful and transformative [opportunities] were a top 12 spot in 2015’s Peak Performance BC project, and having been selected to partake in the Converse Rubber Tracks initiative.” These guys aren’t newbies, and they certainly deserve the attention they’ve received so far.
Keep an eye on these guys, friends. They’re sure to put out more amazing tracks in the future. Also, make sure to give “Way Too Much” a listen (you can find it on their Soundcloud, linked below) as well as EP #2 when it drops!