You’d have to be a relative newcomer to Essentially Pop to not have read our posts about Peppermint Heaven. The duo, comprising Juno and Spark, are a bundle of contradictions: they come from Chicago, they’re based in LA, but their sound is anything but representative of either city: rather it is a very pleasant trip down memory lane to the 80s and the sound of UK synth pop.
Nashville based rock band The Criticals were formed in 2018 by Parker Forbes and Cole Shugart. Their music and live performances are noted for their high energy, and when you realise they get their inspiration from the likes of The Stone Roses, Janes Addiction, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Strokes, and The Libertines, you get maybe an inkling of what they sound like.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Devin Kennedy is a musical prodigy, teaching himself guitar, piano, and drums from a very young age. He released a number of singles during 2018, all of which were well received, and today October 4 – which also happens to be his birthday – the Los Angeles native releases his new EP, ‘You & Me, That’s Enough’.