Stephen Pennell ©
Over a beer the other night and competing with the sound of someone shovelling their wages into the bandit, I tried to define the term ‘power pop’ to a group of mates as we discussed that era when punk rock had descended into parodic surgically-sterile, safety-pinned headlines before the likes of Nick Lowe and the Rich Kids pushed it all aside and took centre stage to rescue us. I shouldn’t have bothered trying; Dept of Misinformation have done the job for me in 2 minutes and 48 seconds of pure, unadulterated, unashamed rock n roll with ‘Gotta Run’. This song doesn’t subtly begin – it kicks down the front door, grabs you by the ears and drags you on to the dance floor. Tamlaesque bass guitar runs and fierce thumping drums drive this monster truck of a song along and nothing is going to get in the way. Add to this a keyboard wall of sound, searing guitar, rasping vocals with more than a touch of the New York Dolls and a singalong chorus to die for and there you have it; Dept of Misinformation. This is the first release from the band and is available on YouTube for all to see. Their EP ‘Agenda’ will follow shortly and I for one, want more.
Dept of Misinformation are a five-piece outfit hailing from Coventry and Birmingham. Formed in the summer of 2021, they have already started to make ripples in the local music scene and their own brand of passionate positive power pop is gaining momentum among local audiences. They recorded their first EP ‘Agenda’ at Woodbine Street Studios at the start of the year ready for release in late February. Catch them at the HMV Empire Coventry on February 20th and Battle of the Bands Semi Final at SoCa in Acocks Green on 24th April.