Wobbleshop – Bittergreen

Wobbleshop
Bittergreen

What’s a Wobbleshop, you ask? Beats me, but it’s a fun word to say. I think it has something to do with Weebles (they wobble, but don’t fall down!). Anyway, Wobbleshop the band is from Southern California, and they play a style of pop mixed with acoustic/folk and countryish tendencies. But don’t let those tendencies get in the way of the pop, because this band doesn’t.

Combining acoustic guitars, piano, accordion, and more traditional rock instrumentation, Wobbleshop ends up giving their songs a very light and rollicking feel. These songs are first pop songs, but they also have the type of alt-country feeling you get from Sun Volt and the style of acoustic pop from a band like Guster. With nice vocal harmonies and catchy choruses, these songs are enjoyable if not completely memorable.

“Belong” starts off with the most indie pop feel on this album, primarily in the very rhythmic guitars and singing style. It’s also damn catchy. “Past Perfect” starts off with a burst of piano and moves into a nice, poppy track that totally reminds me of the band Once Hush. “Rural Dakota” has more of a folkish feel, lent by the accordion that comes in in parts. But then there’s songs like “Eva” and “Summermoonfission” that are outright Beatles-esque pop songs, lovely and sweet, with nice piano and pretty vocals. “Cycle” is more of a power-pop track, with the electric guitars really kicking in finally and turning things up a notch. There’s some fantastic guitar on the endearingly quiet “Goodnight Children,” while “Brasil for the Taking” is about the most country-style song here, made more so through the vocals. The way the vocals break – sounding a bit Dave Matthews-y – in “Your Last Bike” gives this song a fun effect. “Red Hot” has a very soulful, deep feel to it, and the closer, “White Flower,” is probably my favorite song, again with an indie pop feel and some more crunchy guitars. I like this one quite a bit; it even has a Sonic Youth feel to it.

I like Wobbleshop. It’s pleasant, acoustic-driven pop that flows nicely, is catchy at times, and it proves the band is quite talented. The style of pop will likely not win over a lot of fans who wouldn’t go for the country-tinged pop of bands like Guster, but I imagine they’ll find a good niche in that market. Pleasant pop music from a band with a funny name.