with Evils and Spiritual Warfare & The Greasy Shadows
“Choir Boy” was what the kids called singer/songwriter Adam Klopp in his early teens when he fronted punk cover bands in Cleveland, Ohio. An intended insult, the label seemed fair and fitting in a way, given Klopp’s religious upbringing and angelic voice. After high school, Adam left Ohio for college in Utah. While his career as a student would prove short-lived, he integrated into Provo and SLC’s underground music and art scene, left religion behind, and called his new band “Choir Boy”.
“It seemed funny to me as sort of a comical reclamation of the mocking title I received from “punk” peers as a teen. While serving as a weird reflection of my childhood and musical heritage.”
Since Choir Boy’s gorgeous debut LP on Team Love records in 2016, the dream-pop outfit has gained a cult following online and in underground circles. Adam’s stunning vocal range, layered compositions, and heartbreaking melodies are backed by musical partner Chaz Costello on bass (Fossil Arms, Sculpture Club, Human Leather) – and along with a rotating cast of players, create the perfect blend of nostalgia-laced romantic pop music we’ve been waiting years to hear
SPIRITUAL WARFARE is Joel Marquard. A Scott Walker-wanna-be singing over Indian/Hindi percussion and old Bollywood samples/re-workings. American Pop songs. I found a disc on the bottom of the protool 9 box that said loops. When I put it in the computer, I discovered thousands of actual instruments/percussion recorded and cut so you could loop them in protools. There were also about 50 loops of Indian percussion. Thus began the obsession. I found my new sound. American pop and no typical standard drum kits. In some cases sitar was added. There’s mostly piano, strings, surf guitar and swamp bass. Some of the songs are actual 50s and 60s bollywood songs chopped up and reworked and sung over. I think I’ll do it live with a cassette blasting and me singing over it. wish me luck. I also do the bands Gospel Claws, The Through and Through Gospel Review, and Samuel L Cool J.