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Like more than a few bands from our part of the country, NYC’s Pop. 1280 made the trip down to this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina to share the tiny stage at Slim’s with some like-minded North Carolina bands as well as some bad-ass New York contemporaries. On a bill that also featured nyctaper favorites White Hills along with Chapel Hill’s Pipe and Raleigh’s Whatever Brains, Pop. 1280 fell more in line stylistically with the two NC bands, combining a heavy, aggressive punk-influenced sound with synth flourishes that helped identify them more with our neck of the woods. This set covered material from the band’s first two previous Sacred Bones Records releases, 2010’s The Grid and 2012’s The Horror. The band expects to have another record under their belt some time in 2013, which it would appear some of the “unknown” songs below may be on.
Like the Whatever Brains and Pipe recordings from this show, this set was recorded by NC taper Dave Schwentker with fellow North Carolinian Bryon’s ceiling-installed Countryman B3 omnidirectional mics. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
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Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA
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Recorded and produced by Dave Schwentker
Countryman B3 (ceiling mount)>Church Audio CA-9100>Olympus LS-10>Audacity (edits)>FLAC
03 Step Into the Grid
05 Anonymous Blonde
06 Burn the Worm
08 New Electronics