A Return to the Bash and Pop of… Bash & Pop

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Well, it turns out 2017’s first great record was 24 years in the making… sort of.  This Friday, January 20th, Fat Possum Records is releasing Anything Could Happen, the sophomore effort from Bash & Pop, Tommy Stinson’s post-Replacements power pop group whose debut, Friday Night is Killing Me, dropped all the way back in 1993.  Although the original lineup just couldn’t make it work, disbanding in 1994, Stinson decided to give the project another try back in January of 2015, when he brought Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi  Allstars, The Black Crowes), Catherine Popper (Puss N Boots), and Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses, The Psychedelic Furs) into the studio.  The finished product is the best thing we’ve heard from Mr. Stinson in as long as I can remember.  Not falling far from his most famous sounds in The Replacements, it rings in equal parts of the Southern Rock charm of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the rambunctious pop of the first Ash record.  Well, Bash & Pop put together a live show (with a lineup rounded out by The Hold Steady’s Steve Selvidge, The Mighty Mighty BossTones’ Joe Sorois, and Justin Perkins, formerly of Screeching Weasel) and just hit the road for their first gigs since 1993.  This Tuesday, January 17th, Bash & Pops hit up the relatively intimate Johnny Brenda’s for what’s sure to be the punkest show the city has seen this year.  Unfortunately for many of you, it is sold out, but the band is apparently planning more shows to come after this initial run, which wraps at SXSW.  In the meantime, check out their video for “On The Rocks.”