If you came of age in the early nineties like I did, you’d be hardpressed not to be a fan of powerpop. At the time Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend, The Posies Frosting on the Beater and any number of records from The Smithereens were all commercial and critical hits. I’ve never really lost that love for tight, concise pop. Nik Freitas is one of the modern day practitioners of power pop or you might want to call it perfect pop.
Nik’s new record is called Saturday Night Underwater. It’s due for a June release on The Little Record Company. The title track bounces along in fits and starts. The jangly guitars are joined by tinkling keys, shimmering guitar solos and pulsing drums. Nik Freitas recently came off a successful tour with S:I fave Joe Pug. He’s currently on tour with The Submarines; that show comes to Chicago on April 20 at Schubas.