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What some have said about the band
"There's something almost criminal about the fact that, of all the local acts to rise out of the indie trenches and taste wider success, Cinderpop hasn't been one of them. The long-running Vancouver band tops its edgy, guitar-based alt-rock with heaven-sent harmonies and Sloan-sized hooks."
Straight Choices, The Georgia Straight
Jan 10th, 2008
"If dreamy, '60s-influenced pop melodies backed by distorted guitar, spacey keyboards and a hard-hitting rhythm section are your idea of a good time, then you can't go wrong with Cinderpop. A Lesson in Science is the third album from the Kevan Ellis-led Vancouver group, which also includes musicians from local indie-rock stalwart as the Salteens."
Quirks And Quarks, Vancouver Courier
Jan 9th, 2008
"The third album from this great local power-pop group rips in with the roaring, somewhat offbeat rocker "Bumblebee" and completely shifts gears on the second, the title track, into a vocal ditty that could be off some lost swinging London Argent album or a missing Pernice Brothers project. Chiming harmonies, R.E.M.-meets-Blur jangly guitars and the sort of tasty, tight key and cello runs you'd expect of the best bands of the New Wave era. There really isn't a thing to fault on this disc, which wears the multi-generational tastes of its members in all the right ways."
Stuart Derdeyn, The Province
Jan 8th, 2008
"A Lesson in Science maintains the high quality of 2005's acclaimed Their Skies Are Beautiful and the group's 1999 debut, Violet Gamma Rays. The sound is meticulously crafted [and include] songs that all have one thing in common: an absolute love of a good melody line and a penchant for taut, driving, rhythmic hooks. Obvious touchstones for the 13 tracks on A Lesson in Science would be classic '60s English acts such as the Zombies and early Electric Light Orchestra. The jangle of Athens, Ga. in the '80s and a decidedly Vancouver rock vibe are all over the recording, too... Pop is not a dirty word with these five musicians."
Stuart Derdeyn, The Province
Jan 8th, 2008
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"They're fun," said a friend about Cinderpop. And I couldn't argue with it. Not just fun, though, but with incredible songwriting akin to something by Elliot Smith with joie de vivre. Kevan Ellis's voice is also eerily similar to the deceased Smith as it dances breathily through organic, melodic instrumentals that the music press likes to compare to the overmentioned Zombies. First track "Bastian Cooper" prepares us for a shoegazing ride but the energy is quickly redirected - my only reservation. Otherwise it's almost all hits and no misses for this incredibly talented Vancouver band.
Stuart Trew, Ottawa Xpress
Oct 14th, 2005
Thrumming pop from Vancouver about the kinds of dreams you can have with your eyes open.
Globe and Mail "Essential Picks"
Nov 18th, 2005
WOW! This Canadian band mines the orch-pop territory and makes it sound new, fresh. Kinda like The Left Banke meet The Zombies with XTC, Ride, Sneetches, Frisbie, Beulah and AC Newman/New Pornographers. There`s some late-era Posies going on here, too. It`s all: Wickedly cool! Their Skies Are Beautiful, is a seductive and addictive melodic tour de force, bottom line. Cinderpop boast an eclectic round up of musicians from various backgrounds who have found the right mutual influences to create a singular eclectic vision.
Big Time, Extremely Highly Recommended!
Not Lame Recordings
Dreamy melodies, pulsing guitars, and Kevan Ellis' free-floating vocals are what "Their Skies Are Beautiful" is all about. Delicately picked guitar lines and sonorous vocal harmonies offset each other to great effect, while the constant thumping of the kick drum bolts it all together... beautiful, flowing tracks like standouts "Downstream", "Bastian Cooper", and "Comes In Threes" dominate to great effect. "Their Skies Are Beautiful" is the type of album that's best enjoyed on a lazy summer day, when it's so incredibly hot out that the only energy you have left is used for listening to music, and not much else – or alternately in the dead of winter, when you're wishing badly for the smell of sunscreen and freshly cut grass. There are few people who can't appreciate the type of melodic, sunny tunes the Vancouver quartet creates, because even though some pretend differently, it's good to hear music that sounds like music.
Jaclyn Arndt, Soul Shine Magazine
I can hear vague later-day Brian Wilsonesque echos, as well as some nods to the some of the best Alt-Pop of the last quarter century (take your pick) here and there. Two- and sometimes three-part harmonies, imaginatively punctuated keyboards, strong on melody with a little dirt thrown in on guitars! "Bastion Cooper" provides a fine introduction to Cinderpop's delightfully off-kilter pop. The kind of rewarding audio experience so sadly shunned in most pop music these days. "Exquisite Day" is just that. Chiming accoustic and electric guitars fill the air as the summery yarn unfolds. "Dear Miss Bliss" has an irresistable riff, wrapped around a deceptively light song with deliciously dark turns added to keep you on your toes.
Mark Bignall/Radio Bandcouver
Jan 14 2005
The time might be right for Cinderpop. The music world might be more willing to listen to the band's mixture of lilting melody and rock...Cinderpop is aptly named as there is dirty ash amid the band's clear tra-la-la attack. Underneath the apparent sweetness, there is muscle.
Stuart Derdeyn, The Province Newspaper
Feb 8th 2005
It is agreed, by many in the Vancouver scene, that Cinderpop is the best band around, and if you've heard them play, you probably know why. This mathematical pop-scene 4 started with 'Oliver 8' (a fan favorite) and then continued on to flawlessly execute every note and time change with astounding skill. But this is not unusual for Cinderpop; they are blessed with possessing amazing song-writing ability and one of the strongest rhythm sections of any group.