I wrote previously about PopUp, just the once, and it was back in May 2014.  As I mentioned, they had been really active from about 2006-2008 when the debut album appeared, of which this was one of many highlights:-

mp3: Popup – Chinese Burn

Not afraid whatsoever to sing in a local accent, they were also a great act in the live setting.  I mentioned last time out that the band’s twitter account had been inactive since December 2012 which would indicate they have broken up.

But 2020 was a strange year for many reasons, not least this, on Facebook last April-

Whimpers is Popup’s second album. The songs were written and recorded shortly after the release of A Time and a Place in 2008, and a number of them featured heavily in Popup’s live sets around that time.

For the most part, it was recorded and mixed by Gal (Paul Gallagher) at his studios at 4th Street and then at the Glenwood Studio. A couple of tracks were recorded in Popup’s old rehearsal studio, either by themselves or by their dear friend Mark Amery-Behr. They just preferred those versions to the ones from the studio.

It was mastered by Sam Smith at Green Door studio in Glasgow.

Around 2011, Popup stopped playing shows and the album had not been released. Time passed, children were born etc.

At a friend’s wedding in 2017, the four members of Popup found themselves chatting, and the idea of putting the second album out came up. This is them just getting round to that.

The members of Popup remain friends and still muck around making music, sometimes with each other. They may release more music in the future, though not necessarily as Popup.

It’s available for just £5 from bandcamp as well as via all sorts of other download streaming services.  Maybe someone will pick it up and give it a physical release…..

The only downside is that the lockdown situation prevented any thoughts of the band coming together for a live show or two to highlight the fact there was a new release all these years later.

mp3: Popup – Sinatra



2 thoughts on “SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #250: POPUP

  1. Like it! No awareness previously but really like Plasticene off the new album as well.
    Thanks for the heads-up (again).

  2. Good stuff, I personally love a local accent in music, will check out the album. Seems apt that the 250th Saturday’s Scottish Song post should celebrate the return of a previous entrant and otherwise long-lost band. Thanks, JC

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