Power Pop Hidden Gems #5

Uncovering power pop bands that you might have missed.

Anthony Overs
The Riff

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Welcome to the fifth (and rather delayed) installment from a series of short pieces on power pop obscurities or hidden gems. Every now and then I will present to you a band that you may not have heard of before, or perhaps a band that deserves a bit more recognition, and feature that artist’s key album as an introduction to their work (indeed, that might be their only album!).

Here is the introductory piece (including gem #1), as well as the #2, #3, and #4 articles.

This week’s hidden gem #5 is:

Icecream Hands

Image courtesy of Icecream Hands Facebook page.

Icecream Hands was formed in Melbourne in 1992 by singer-guitarist-songwriter Charles Jenkins. The four-piece band released an EP in 1992 and their first album in 1994.

The group’s second album ‘Memory Lane Traffic Jam’, from 1997, also received a release in the US through power pop label Not Lame Recordings. A pair of critically acclaimed albums followed, with ‘Sweeter Than The Radio’ in 1999, and ‘Broken UFO’ in 2002. While on hiatus, a compilation album was released in 2004, which included a collection of b-sides. The band reunited to record and release ‘The Good China’ in 2007, and again in 2020 to release ‘No Weapon But Love’.

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Anthony Overs
The Riff

Australian. Varied interests including music, wildlife (especially birds), food, baseball, taekwondo, drums. Person living with Parkinson’s.