In 1998, California-based music journalist David Bash launched a music festival incorporating his long time love for power pop music. Naming it after Material Issue’s 1991 album, International Pop Overthrow has risen from an LA-based event to a touring festival featuring some of the world’s best in independent power pop music, hitting cities such as Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Vancouver and even at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
This coming weekend, IPO hits the Motor City, with a three night stand at Paycheck’s (2932 Caniff, Hamtramick), starting on Thursday night. And Windsor will have a voice in the festival for the second straight year.
Eric Welton, one of the city’s finest pop song writers, is taking his band of merry men (featuring Eryk Myskow (The FourJury, ASK), Billy Myskow and Damien Zakoor (Vaudevillianaires, Swillingtones, Tyres, Golden Hands Before God)) to his second consecutive IPO festival in Detroit, with a great 10:30pm slot at the infamous Paycheck’s, on a bill that includes The Starfire Band, Brett Mitchell & The Giant Ghost, The Boys Themselves, Timothy Monger State Park, Sunday Painters and headlined by Detroit’s own outstanding The Kickstand Band.
Welton, who has also played IPO in Chicago and Detroit as a member of Chatham psych-rockers Square Root of Margaret, is close to releasing his long overdue new record (a follow-up to the alt. country tinged pop gem, Fool Heart), and IPO could be a great way to check out some new tracks along with some old faves.