Friday, April 19 2024

The Pulltops‘ latest single, ‘3-2-1 Go!‘, masterfully captures their signature blend of Alternative Rock, Power Pop, and Country Rock. Drummer Mark Pierret and guitarist Tom Crowell, the Milwaukee-based duo, skillfully blend their individual musical backgrounds. Mark’s fondness for old country and soul music complements Tom’s experimental and underground influences, resulting in a cohesive and energetic power pop anthem.

The song kicks off with a funky bass lick alongside the drums before transitioning into an Eddie Van Halen-esque guitar riff. This build-up then settles down, making space for the vocals to enter the first verse. Reducing the instrumentation to solely bass and drums at this point allows the vocals to shine through, creating ample space for a gradual build-up towards the infectious chorus. As the chorus emerges, it is further elevated by the addition of a synth arpeggiator, lifting the energy of the song at exactly the right moment.

The format then repeats before hitting a perfectly timed breakdown that prepares the listener for the big ending… and, big it is… extra lead guitar, more backing vocals, and crashing drums. There are cute little stops and starts along the way to grab attention, some clever bass work filling in the gaps, and some neat drumming that plays perfectly to the song. Solid writing!

It’s also an interesting fusion of styles. I hear a country twang in the lead vocal that you wouldn’t expect to work in a power pop belter… but, strangely enough, it does! Imagine Josh Ross singing ‘Just What I Needed’ by The Cars… you’re kind of getting there… Or, perhaps take Cheap Trick and ask Robin Zander to add a smidge of Keith Urban. Whatever, IT WORKS, and it makes The Pulltops stand out!

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The lyrics resonate with themes of determination, perseverance, and the courage to face challenges head-on. Through vivid imagery such as “put your boots on,” “set your sights on a brand new day,” and “waving bye as I see my tide turning,” the song evokes a powerful metaphorical journey or transition. Furthermore, as expressed by The Pulltops themselves, this track is built to inspire listeners, igniting a sense of motivation and empowerment to take on the world.

In summary, ‘3-2-1 Go!’ is a strong song that takes no prisoners, an uptempo, energetic anthem about diving headfirst into making your dreams come true. The Pulltops stay true to their form in mixing alternative rock and power pop with a bit of country rock vocal flavour, while also adding some synth textures for extra colour. The song’s structure is perfect, with the duo knowing how to cut the crap and get to the chorus—the meat on the bones. Catchy and trimmed to just the right length, it leaves you wanting more.

The Pulltops have created a standout track that showcases their musical versatility and undeniable talent… and I want more!

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The Pulltops’ latest single, ‘3-2-1 Go!’, seamlessly blends Alternative Rock, Power Pop, and Country Rock into an infectious anthem that exudes energy and melody. With skillful instrumentation and catchy hooks, it’s a standout track that leaves listeners craving more.
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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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