What if I told you heavy, squalling, snarling grunge rock didn’t have to be monochromatic sludge but could actually incorporate addictive hooks and melodies? Oh, you already knew that? Great. Meet, Popstrangers.
Hailing from New Zealand, where they’ve already won over plenty of fans, this power trio is poised to tour the U.S. this year in support of a roaring bonfire of an album, Antipodes, out on February 26. Here’s the second single, just out: the vicious “What Else Could They Do.”
Even better, to my mind, is “Heaven,” a hell of an earworm you can download right now through SoundCloud. Or check out the video below. Either way, bet you can’t listen just once.