EZTV: “Trampoline”

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EZTV: “Trampoline”

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015

Photo by Pamela Garavano

If the old maxim about the Velvet Underground’s debut album is true–it didn’t sell many copies, but everyone that bought one probably started a band–then that might be doubly true for Big Star. The past few years have seen a renewed interest in the Memphis band, from box sets to documentaries, chronicling the band’s outsized influence on the Replacements, Wilco, R.E.M., and more.

Big Star is a north star for Brooklyn’s EZTV, a trio of old friends who formed on a lark. Bonding over their love for classic power pop, EZTV started putting flesh on frontman Ezra Tenenbaum’s stripped-down demos. A failed audition as Spiritualized’s backing band nudged them to make a go as a real band, and on July 10 they’ll release their debut Calling Out. It’s pretty much power pop catnip: sweet harmonies, chiming guitars, and rolling, inventive backbeats. “Trampoline” bounces as expected, simultaneously sunny and a little bit sad, just like their power pop forbears. They’re not reinventing any wheels, but damn does this sound good in the summer. Download “Trampoline” below.

–Art Levy