Philly's 2nd Grade are students of classic power pop -- the kind started in the '70s with Raspberries, Big Star, and Cheap Trick -- and make their own excellent version of it, as you can hear on their terrific second album. With 16 songs in just 35 minutes, there is an extremely high Earworm Quota on Easy Listening, an album that lives up to its title (but not in an elevator music way), going down smooth but sticking to your ribs. Give it a spin below.
We talked to frontman Peter Gill about the inspirations behind Easy Listening, which include a lot of power pop masters of the form (Guided by Voices, Redd Kross, Outrageous), as well as classic rock radio, Joan Didion, Rolling Stones fan fiction, and more. This is a fun read, and you can check it out below.