If you haven’t heard of Mr. Weebl here’s a bit more info about him ~
You may not immediately recognize the name Jonathan “Jonti” Picking, otherwise known as Weebl or Mr. Weebl, but his creations helped guide and shape early internet videos and memes into what they are today. Surely you remember the days when you could not escape or forget about his video of badgers doing calisthenics with mushrooms and a “snaaaake” in the background. Slate.com included it in their 11 moments that would have “won the internet” if they had happened today. Or maybe you are one of the nearly 49 million people to watch his playful song and video about the mysterious aquatic animals, the narwhals, “swimming in the ocean” that grabbed you. Weebl is also the genius behind Weeble and Bob, two animated egg-shaped creatures who have shared their love of pie with millions of people in over 100 animated episodes including six made for MTV Europe. Weebl’s imagination has led to dozens of animated series about lovable characters and in his newest creation, a trio of animated hearts find friendship and adventure while soundtracked by POP ETC’s “Your Heart Is A Weapon”!!!
First off, it’s been almost a year since Souvenir was released and we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and positivity throughout 2016. Getting your messages and hearing from you guys every day is what keeps us going, and we honestly wouldn’t be here without you. Knowing that our music affects you is a truly humbling and incredible thing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
Second, we made a new video for our song “Your Heart Is A Weapon” and you can see it now! It features our very talented, dear friend, and occasional touring member Tam Visher, who you may have seen playing keyboard with us at some point in the last couple years.
The video was shot mostly in Hong Kong and surrounding areas, shortly after we toured in Japan this past summer. Our goal was to make a video that is fun and light hearted, but also captures the loneliness of the song’s lyrics, as the man in the video dances through a foreign city all alone, largely ignored by the people passing by. The setting of Hong Kong was obviously a huge factor visually as well. It was a beautiful backdrop for the video and we had an amazing time traveling there.
Lastly, I know this is a little late but…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We have big plans for 2017 and can’t wait to get started.
More coming soon…
As a lot of you know, Japan is kind of our home away from home. We’ve spent a fair amount of time there as a band, and Chris has worked there as a producer and songwriter on a wide range of projects from bands to J-POP to anime soundtracks. Going to Japan more these last few years has only deepened our love for the country and its culture. This past summer we were lucky enough to return and play the Summer Sonic festival in Osaka and Tokyo, along with a handful of solo dates in Tokyo. We got to play alongside Radiohead and Sakanaction. We were reconnected with old friends. We ate a lot of ramen. We made a little video of the trip and watching it now makes us all miss Japan…. we can’t wait to go back!!!
We are extremely excited to share with you our nightmare cooking show video for “Vice” ! It premiered yesterday on Food Republic and you can watch it below now.
Feel free to follow along in your own kitchen!
We’re very excited to announce we’ll be playing with Peter, Bjorn & John at Webster Hall in NYC on September 21!! SEE YOU THERE?
DC! were playing this awesome festival so get tix NOW cuz the lineup is & we wanna see ya! http://popetc.com/shows
Hello friends, the other day we covered Sam Cooke’s “It’s Alright” in our hotel room.
Watch the video here~
HEY NEW YORK WERE PLAYING AUGUST 12 COME HANG!!!!
TOKYO! We are playing a show on August 23rd at 渋谷 duo MUSIC EXCHANGE! Tickets on sale June 2~ http://POPETC.com/shows ! SEE U THERE! 🇯🇵🌴🌴🇯🇵
SAN DIEGO! We’re coming for you!! We’ll be at the 94/9 Indie Jam in Oceanside on Sept 10!
We covered one of our favorite Elvis Costello songs “Alison” at a park in New York, check it out~
Check out this stripped down version of Chris playing “What Am I Becoming?” shot during our soundcheck before a show in San Francisco ~
During the making of Souvenir we wrote and recorded over a hundred songs, sometimes recording several versions of a song until we got it right. “What Am I Becoming?” was particularly tough. All three of us believed in the song, but it took recording it 4 or 5 times until we were all 100% happy with it. Here’s an early version of the song that I did by myself, a sort of blueprint of the song for the band. It’ll give you an idea of how much these songs change as we tinker away on them. Enjoy~
PS: A lot of you guys write us with questions about our songwriting and recording process… I hope this helps! We’ll try and keep doing more of these!
We made a little clip for each song from Souvenir and put together this “Track By Track” video. Some of them are serious, some are funny, some of them are just weird. We’ll be releasing more webisodes about the songs in the future, but for now we’d love to hear what the songs mean to you. So if you feel like it, check out the video below and drop us a line in the comments on YouTube! We’re touring North America with Banners and The Moth & The Flame. We’d love to see you out there. Tickets are on sale here. And last but not least, if you haven’t gotten Souvenir yet, we still have some deluxe bundles in our store, with limited edition shirts, vinyl, etc. Love,
we were young when we fell in love for the first time, and we felt invincible. for a moment, everything made sense. all the pieces fit together. we moved quickly and the lights kept turning green. but as the momentum grew, the world became disorienting. we could only focus on one distant point at a time, and that point had to be the same for both of us.
life moves slower now, without you. i know we can never go back to the way things were, and i know that is my fault. but if you’re out there and you happen to see this-
please, don’t forget me.
We filmed a bunch of footage while making our new album, and we’ve cut it up into a handful of segments called the “Souvenir Archives.” Here’s the 3rd episode where we go for a drive, sing along to “You Can Call Me Al,” and talk about writing “Vice” in the car.
Today Souvenir is finally out in the world (Vinyl & CD // iTunes // Spotify // SoundCloud). We decided to take our time with this one, making a promise to ourselves that we wouldn’t release ANYTHING until all three of us felt like we had put every ounce of our hearts and souls into it. It is a very personal record for us, at times about frustration and loss, but ultimately about realizing and embracing how unpredictable life can be in all its beautifully messy glory. We hope you enjoy it, and we want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, new fans and old, for supporting us and giving us the incredible opportunity to make music every day.
P.S. Tickets to our tour just went on sale HERE. We hope to see you on the road!!
We promised ourselves we wouldn’t release another album until we felt there was something we needed to make. It took years of our lives, but we finally finished it. It’s called Souvenir. We hope you enjoy it. You can hear it HERE.
We will be touring America coast to coast, including a stop at SXSW, playing these songs live. We’d love to see you out there. Tickets are on sale Friday at 10am local time HERE.
We’re sharing some videos that show the process of making the album. Catch the first two (so far) HERE.
You can pre-order Souvenir before Friday’s release through the links below.
GUESS WHAT GUYS- WE’RE GOING ON TOUR!! Come hang with us!! Tickets on sale Friday at 10am local time 🔥 HERE
We are very pleased to present the video for “What Am I Becoming?” ! We shot, directed and edited it ourselves, and we’re super proud of it.
The video is about a man, played by Kyle Wilson, slowly losing his mind in his solitary existence. We tried to capture the feeling of restlessness of living in solitude, the absurdity of the things we do when no one is watching, and the risk you run when it’s so easy and convenient to live a life isolated from the world.
Watch it HERE or below.
Grab the new album Souvenir: http://smarturl.it/isouvenir
We are playing a few shows on the east coast with Oh Wonder! Most of the shows are sold out, but there are still some tickets available for the Philadelphia show.
Our new album Souvenir is coming out at the end of the month, and we’ll be playing a bunch of new songs from it. We also put together a video of us recording “What Am I Becoming?” at home, where we made most of Souvenir. We tried to capture the feeling of what it was like recording day after day in our apartment. We hope you enjoy it. There’s lots more new stuff coming soon… and we really can’t wait to share it with you all! Talk soon! Happy New Year!!
01.25 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC *
01.26 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
01.28 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY *
01.29 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
01.30 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA *
* w/ Oh Wonder
EXTREMELY excited to post our new song “What Am I Becoming?” from our album Souvenir take a listen & share 🙌🔥👊🔥
Souvenir will be released on January 29 (January 27 in Japan) and pre-orders are now available that include instant downloads of “Running In Circles,” “Bad Break” and “What Am I Becoming?”.
OUR NEW ALBUM IS CALLED SOUVENIR AND IT’S OUT JANUARY 29 (JANUARY 27 IN JAPAN)!!!
THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING SO PATIENT. WE’VE WORKED FOR A LONG TIME ON THIS ALBUM, AND WE’VE POURED EVERY OUNCE OF OUR HEART AND SOUL INTO IT. WE DIDN’T WANT TO RELEASE IT UNTIL WE WERE 100% SURE IT WAS READY, BUT NOW HERE IT IS, AND WE’RE EXTREMELY EXCITED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU!!
WE’RE ALSO GOING ON TOUR IN THE U.S. THIS NOVEMBER WITH THE WOMBATS AND ROYAL TEETH. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL! TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW AND ALL INFO IS AT POPETC.COM/SHOWS
Nov 23 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Nov 24 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Nov 25 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room
Nov 27 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Nov 28 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By The Sea
Nov 29 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
Nov 30 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
1. Please, Don’t Forget Me
3. I Wanted To Change The World But The World Changed Me
4. Running In Circles
5. What Am I Becoming?
6. Backwards World
7. Your Heart Is A Weapon
8. Beating My Head Against The Wall
9. Bad Break
10. I’m Only Dreaming
We’re going to Japan!! We’ll be playing with our friends Galileo Galilei as part of their Broken Tower Tour, and we’ll be stopping in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo! Can’t wait to see you all!! Get your tickets HERE.
The other day we did a stripped down rendition of our new song “Bad Break” and also shot a video to accompany it. We really like how it turned out, and hope you dig it too.