Today, New York-based alt-pop duo poptropicaslutz! release their debut album Face For The Radio via Epitaph Records.
Crafted and conceptualized over the course of a year, the follow up to their ambitious 2022 EP ‘just in case the world ends’ is sonically and thematically their most cohesive collection of songs yet. Exploring themes of love and loss, the dark side or “underbelly” of success and the sacrifices one is willing to make to get there, the band refines their confessional style of storytelling. Displaying how their lyricism has matured over the years, the album is packed with memorable wordplay that utilizes similes, metaphors, innuendos and vivid imagery. The lyrical acrobatics of the song “a flair for conclusions, yet she’ll never be a swan queen” is a prime example, with clips of the track bringing in over 1 Million views on Tik-Tok.
With an uncanny ear for melody, Nick Crawford (22) and Christian Cicilia (21) infuse a versatile assortment of styles and decades into their genre-bending sound, drawing references from Y2K pop stardom, indie sleaze, pop-punk & the Soundcloud rap era. Leading with fuzzed out guitars and a sprinkling of pop synths to buoy their sugary melodies and emphatic rhythms, production flourishes from kodeblooded (Connor Kaufmann, Sueco) add glitchcore elements for an electronic edge.
Since signing to Epitaph, poptropicaslutz! have been on an upward trajectory that has propelled them from releasing a handful of standalone singles, to their breakout debut EP ‘just in case the world ends’, and most recently a split EP ‘Gossip Team’ (2023) with their friend, labelmate, and producer aldrch. As their infectious tracks garner over 2 million monthly streams across the board, with each release the band grows more confident in their status as a burgeoning alt-pop force.
Entering the next stage in their careers with their first full-length under their belts, poptropicaslutz! are ready for their time to shine. The band muses, “Having a 'face for the radio' has historically described those better fit for something else….those setup for success, but not in their own lane. At times, that’s’ been us, but not anymore.”