In order to test their theory that building things was a good theme for their new release, the Pop-Ups released two singles, "All These Shapes" and "Costume Party." The songs received an enthusiastic reaction and heavy airplay on SiriusXM Kids Place Live. And a concept album was born.
Much like how Recess Monkey devise a theme and structure the songs around it, the Pop-Ups' checklist covers many bases: Build a companion? Check – the disco "Robot Dance." Making a collage? Yep – with horns and harmonies, "Pictures Making Pictures." Playing outside and dealing with insects – the 70s sounding "Bug Out."
You can't separate the arts from the crafts or the family from the participation aspect of the CD. "I wish that Craft Night was every single day," the guys sing on "Craft Night," and they mean it. The Pop-Ups may sound polished, professional, and peppy, but they're a work in progress. Why else would they produce their music (and t-shirts and puppets) in an open garage in Brooklyn? Possibly because they like kids? They really, really like kids? Yes, quite possibly that could be it. If the Pop-Ups had a mantra, it could be "the music is building and the building is music." Batteries not included, of course.
APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION is available August 19 from the Pop-Ups website, Amazon, and iTunes.
Here is the video for the band's song, "Costume Party":