PAUL COLLINS (THE NERVES, THE BREAKAWAYS, THE BEAT) KICKS OFF WEST COAST TOUR ON SEP. 22ND IN SUPPORT OF HIS NEW STUDIO ALBUM KING OF POWER POP! OUT NOW ON ALIVE RECORDS
PAUL COLLINS BEAT 2010 WEST COAST TOUR DATES
09.22 SAN DIEGO, CA / THE SODA BAR (W/ BAJABUGS / JUNGLE FEVER)
09.23 FULLERTON, CA / BURGER RECORDS (EARLY ACOUSTIC IN-STORE PERFORMANCE)
09.23 FULLERTON, CA / THE CONTINENTAL
09.24 LOS ANGELES, CA / THE REDWOOD BAR (W/ THE CHOPSTICKS [from Japan] / BOULEVARD BEAT / THE NUEROTICS)
09.25 SAN FRANCISCO, CA / THE HEMLOCK (W/ SHARP OBJECTS / THE PLEASURE KILLS)
09.26 CAMPBELL, CA / HOUSE PARTY
09.28 CHICO, CA / MONSTROS PIZZA (W/ KEPI)
09.29 SACRAMENTO, CA / THE HUB (W/ BOATS / THE POONTEENS)
10.01 PORTLAND, OR / THE EAST END (W/ WELCOME HOME WALKER / BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS / MIDNIGHT CALLERS)
10.02 SEATTLE, WA / THE FUNHOUSE (W/ TRIPWIRES / LA SERA)
FEEL FREE TO POST THIS MP3 OF PAUL COLLINS’ SONG "DO YOU WANNA LOVE ME?" FROM HIS NEW KING OF POWER POP! ALBUM:
Here's what people are already saying about Paul Collin's King of Power Pop:
“... Collins bangs-and-crashes his way through thirteen high-octane slabs of outright power pop majesty, a baker's dozen, if you will, of sugar-coated sonic delights. Leave it to the commoners of the blogosphere to endlessly debate Paul Collins' status in the power pop firmament; as for this humble rockcrit, given the uniquely high quality of tuneage on King of Power Pop!, with nary a duff track among the thirteen, I say give him the crown. He's earned it with better than three decades of uncompromising loyalty to the power pop aesthetic.” - REV. KEITH A. GORDON / BLURT MAGAZINE
"Collins doesn't fornicate around here - he just whips out nugget after nugget of catchy, melodic, chiming guitar pop with two guitars, bass and drums. The assertion in the album title may seem over the top, but after spinning King of Power Pop a few times, you'll find it difficult to disagree." – MICHAEL TOLAND / THE BIG TAKEOVER
“Paul Collins was one of the pioneers of the power-pop genre, playing with bands such as Nerves, the Breakaways and the Beat. Now, he returns to his roots with the release of the aptly titled King Of Power Pop! on August 24 via Alive Records. “Do You Wanna Love Me?” basically defines power pop, with revved-up beats and garage-rock vocals complete with a harmonica.” – MAGNET MAGAZINE
"His new album is called The King of Power Pop and it takes guts to go with that title, but Collins has the chops to back it up." - WASHINGTON POST
“… solid, punchy, thoroughly enjoyable rock and roll. King of Power Pop! is a fun, fast-moving record and a welcome return for an artist who has long deserved to break out of cult status.” - MUSIC TAP
“Collins has cut a handful of fine records since the breakup of the Beat, but King of Power Pop! is the first one in ages that captures the tough, upbeat sound of his most memorable work, and it proves the man hasn't lost his touch for writing tight, hooky tunes with killer hooks and energetic guitar figures. Collins' voice is a little rougher than it was in his salad days, but he makes that work to his favor, giving the songs a touch of defiant swagger even when he's sounding sweet and heartbroken, and when he and his lead guitarist Eric Blakely lock in, this sounds like the perfect follow-up to the Beat's classic albums for Columbia, bursting with tuneful vigor and rock & roll passion (and arriving a mere quarter-century after the fact). Paul Collins might not be the King of Power Pop, but if there was an elected President of Power Pop, an album this good would certainly sweep him into office; it's fun, raucous, thoroughly enjoyable rock & roll from one of pop's greatest unsung heroes.” - MARK DEMING / ALL MUSIC GUIDE
“…a tough, rocking genre gem.” - STEVE WILSON / KANSAS CITY FREE PRESS
“With just the right level of sweetness to rasp quota, Paul Collin’s voice has never sounded better… in addition to being a modern day troubadour with a power pop heart, Collins is also a tasteful ol’ f**ker.” – TERRY HERMON / BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS MAGAZINE / UK
“Touring in support of his brand new release, The King of Power Pop, expect an evening of sweaty rock and roll, sharp hooks, and tight choruses culled from his decades-long career.” – BRIGHTEST YOUNG THINGS
“…slightly twitchy and supremely tuneful.” - KENNETH PARTRIDGE / SPINNER
“Anyone who loves The Nerves EP and The Beat's albums (particularly the debut) should grab a copy of this one ASAP."
“ - HYPERBOLIUM
“King of Power Pop! sure-footedly hearkens back to the classic Beat/Nerves formula: big, British Invasion hooks ramping down the grimy, '70s Sunset Strip.” – FLAVORPILL/CHICAGO
“…. awesome, solid stuff!“ – RADIO K / MINNEAPOLIS
"This album is like the Beach Boys and The Beatles partying with The Replacements and the Ramones. It’s a feel good bunch of songs that are much welcomed in a time when there’s so much negativity in the world today. So is Mr. Collins the King Of Power Pop? Maybe. Maybe not. But either way, this album is definitely up there with the best of them." - LONG GONE LOSER MAGAZINE / AUSTRALIA
“… a vintage collection of new power-pop straight out of 1979. Packed full of infectiously punchy pop tunes, Collins new album is proof that if you're patient and wait long enough, eventually the public taste will come back to you. – DENIS ARMSTRONG / OTTAWA SUN
“As one of the founders of the legendary Nerves, Paul Collins now performs with Paul Collins' Beat (formerly just The Beat) and has continued to rock the pop scene harder than anyone out there.” – THIRD COAST DIGEST
KING OF POWER POP! is the new studio album by PAUL COLLINS, one of the originators of the high-energy sound known as Power Pop.
Paul got his start in the late seventies as the drummer for the legendary NERVES, (with Peter Case and Jack Lee), later forming THE BREAKAWAYS with Peter Case, and finally starting The BEAT (aka PAUL COLLINS BEAT) in 1979.
KING OF POWER POP!, his third record of this decade is a complete return to his roots - to power pop, the sound he helped create and popularize, a sound that has seen a resurgence in recent years, a sound that is here to stay!
"For me this is the record that connects the dots, from The Nerves to The Breakaways to The Beat to today… this is the record that puts it all together!" - Paul Collins
Produced and engineered in Detroit by Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, The Go, White Stripes, to name just a few), KING OF POWER POP! also features Eric Blakely on guitar and backing vocals, Diamond on bass, and Dave Shettler on drums (SSM, The Sights). Motor City guests include Wally Palmar of the legendary power pop hit-makers THE ROMANTICS, as well as pop icon Nikki Corvette of NIKKI & The CORVETTES. The catchy cover art is the work of legendary artist BILL STOUT.
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