Being a kid is all about throwing costume parties, building skyscrapers out of blocks, chasing butterflies, and always making time for crafting and dancing. It’s safe to say kids have it pretty good, but they’re not the only ones who get to have all of the fun! That’s where Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein come in and they happen to make up a really awesome band called The Pop Ups.
Known for making award-winning music since 2010, The Pop Ups’ latest (and Grammy-nominated) release Appetite for Construction chronicles the wonders of childhood in 12 upbeat tracks. Made in a Brooklyn garage, Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein successfully channeled kids’ wild imaginations and relentless energy into crafting this all-ages album that’s not only inspirational, but just a lot of fun to listen to.
From the very first track “Getting the Job Done,” the funky beats and twangy instrumentals will transport kids back in time, while the catchy lyrics make it a go-to song that can be listened to over and over again because it’s so easy to sing along with. Following is “All These Shapes,” a hit song you may have heard on SiriusXM Kids Place Live. This track brings creativity and DIY into song and will get kids in the mood to dance and to create with lyrics, that go “What can you make with all these shapes / little circle magnet on my fridge / just like a baseball we could pitch / round as an eye that you could wink / or a head filled with a brain that thinks / could be a planet or a moon / a floating helium balloon / maybe a wheel to steer a car / or the top of a big old pickle jar.”
Kids (and adults) will love the album’s electro-pop feel because it has the ability to turn a bad day around or make getting ready for school on a Monday feel like Friday night (especially if you turn on the song, “Robot Dance”). The Pop Ups will be performing at a variety of venues in California and at Town Hall in Seattle, but if you live on the East Coast like me you can buy Appetite for Construction here and keep up with the duo on their YouTube channel here and be sure to check out The Pop Ups stellar music video for “Costume Party” below.