ANDY BOPP – Blisters and Thorns (interview)

The new record has such a classy sound! Power Pop with more than just a little bit of twang and a crystal clear production that makes your voice/storytelling really stand out.

Does that make sense?

Yes it does make sense. The songs are not as much story telling as they are situational and metaphorical. There are pop sensibilities, choruses, hooks, but it’s an attempt to move forward musically.

Does inspiration still comes easy? It sounds like a very personal record. Is it?

Yes this is a very personal album. Inspiration always works for me when it’s not forced.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

The music industry doesn’t exist as I knew it in the past. In a way it’s exciting to do the DIY form of working the album yourself. Facebook has helped tremendously with ads and communication to the public.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mix tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

My songs or others?

My songs:

Good day to the Night



Whisper Softly

Other artists tape:
Goldfinger: Ash

Dear God: XTC

Up the junction: Squeeze 

Joe Jackson: Sunday papers

Chelsea: Elvis Costello 

What’s up for the next couple of months? How will you promote Blisters and Thorns?

Trying to tour the US and Europe.
Self promotion with an emphasis on house concerts.

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Buy here

The bio on bandcamp says:

Baltimore legend Andy Bopp is no stranger to rock and roll, whether as a solo artist or in his bands: Love Nut, Myracle Brah, The Modern Ruins and The Bleaker Street Cowboys. Blisters and Thorns, Andy Bopp’s first LP released under his own name that includes new material, stands as one of the best albums of a journeyman’s career. The album is as catchy as his masterpiece, Myracle Brah’s Life on Planet Eartsnop. What sets this album apart from Eartsnop’s brilliant power pop is the seamless blending of genres, such as americana and power pop, creating a gorgeous, cohesive rock and roll album with lyrics that range from darkly introspective to deeply analytical.

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