Shimmering streams of chiming guitar cascade over deep, dark undercurrents of bass and drums… it’s a unique sound born in the drizzle of Manchester, England, and raised in the sunshine of Huntington Beach, California, as were twins Joe and Luke McGarry who head up indie pop outfit Pop Noir.
Sons of an artist who designed record sleeves for such Mancunian luminaries as Joy Division, Slaughter & The Dogs, and Jilted John, and played in bands alongside the likes of Primal Scream’s Toby Toman and Donald Johnson of A Certain Ratio, the McGarry brothers were weaned on the post-punk sounds that emanated from the North West of England in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Echoes of the era’s influence can be heard in the music that Joe and Luke create: hook-laden songs that delight in dragging indie rock out on the dance floor for a whirl. The first thing that comes to mind when listening to their tunes is New Order. Now that is a good sign, isn’t it?