November 11, 2002

Brian Doherty, on Tsar: Thi...

Brian Doherty, on Tsar: This is for any of you who think me, Pierce & Layne like to hype the rock band Tsar just because they're our pals.

I got to know Reason's Brian Doherty just over a year ago, and right away he confessed to a very deep and long-standing Tsar addiction. Today, on his site, Brian has written eloquently about the boys.

Ah, what can I say? Really, this band makes my face hurt with smiling and wrists hurt with air-drumming and brings tears to my eye — yes, really — practically every time. (I've seen 'em about 15 times now, I think.) [...]

Earlier the night I saw them I was reading a recent issue of MAGNET over dinner. It was the special "power pop" issue — dedicated to mostly celebrating a lot of bands that had, at best, one or two exceptional songs buried in annoying and dull formalism (the Beat, the Records, the Flaming Groovies, 20/20, Dwight Twilley, yeah yeah yeah). The article didn't mention Tsar. No surprise. Power pop fandom has calcified into a "movement" it seems — one with a huge presence in LA — and with movements it usually means if you don't have the right friends you won't get the due respect. It's probably hard for the historically minded — and those to whom rock n' roll has become a historical curiosity or something to be mined for obscure fannish archeology — that there is a band alive right now doing this roughly conceptualized style better, with more great songs, than anyone ever has. That the apotheosis of power pop wasn't Cheap Trick, or Velvet Crush, but is alive and well in small LA nightclubs. I know I wouldn't believe it myself if I hadn't bothered to finally listen to an old bandmate's admonitions to come see Tsar after the fifth time or so.

And there's much more. Rumor now has it that the band has been finally cleared to make album Number Two, and you can bet it will rock harder than the already-great debut.

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Brian Doherty, on Tsar: Thi...

Brian Doherty, on Tsar: This is for any of you who think me, Pierce & Layne like to hype the rock band Tsar just because they're our pals.

I got to know Reason's Brian Doherty just over a year ago, and right away he confessed to a very deep and long-standing Tsar addiction. Today, on his site, Brian has written eloquently about the boys.

Ah, what can I say? Really, this band makes my face hurt with smiling and wrists hurt with air-drumming and brings tears to my eye — yes, really — practically every time. (I've seen 'em about 15 times now, I think.) [...]

Earlier the night I saw them I was reading a recent issue of MAGNET over dinner. It was the special "power pop" issue — dedicated to mostly celebrating a lot of bands that had, at best, one or two exceptional songs buried in annoying and dull formalism (the Beat, the Records, the Flaming Groovies, 20/20, Dwight Twilley, yeah yeah yeah). The article didn't mention Tsar. No surprise. Power pop fandom has calcified into a "movement" it seems — one with a huge presence in LA — and with movements it usually means if you don't have the right friends you won't get the due respect. It's probably hard for the historically minded — and those to whom rock n' roll has become a historical curiosity or something to be mined for obscure fannish archeology — that there is a band alive right now doing this roughly conceptualized style better, with more great songs, than anyone ever has. That the apotheosis of power pop wasn't Cheap Trick, or Velvet Crush, but is alive and well in small LA nightclubs. I know I wouldn't believe it myself if I hadn't bothered to finally listen to an old bandmate's admonitions to come see Tsar after the fifth time or so.

And there's much more. Rumor now has it that the band has been finally cleared to make album Number Two, and you can bet it will rock harder than the already-great debut.

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