Episode 59: WALLA
Air date: 11.21.2012
Pop music has changed a lot over the years. Charts that used to be full of artists like Bobby Vinton, The Beatles and eventually Madonna and Michael Jackson are now ruled by the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Dictionary.com defines pop music as "Music of general appeal to teenagers; a bland watered-down version of rock and roll with more rhythm and harmony and an emphasis on romantic love." Not exactly a glowing description. But at its heart pop music is music designed to be catchy and instantly memorable, and creating it is harder than it sounds. The new-ish Los Angeles based band, WALLA, unlike so many of their peers, eschew the trappings of the fertile local 'indie' scene and readily embrace the pop tradition the way it's served up in the new millennium. The synths are here, as are economical arrangements, danceable tempos, catchy, simple lyrics and bit of disco for good measure.