In a sense, power pop is simple: its just melodies and riffs—that’s it. Being able to craft catchy, succinct rock tunes, however, is a heck of a lot harder than it seems. Which is why “Class Historian,” a single from Oklahoma band BRONCHO’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, is so impressive.
“Class Historian” is arguably the punchiest song of the year, a perfectly measured dose of “doot-doot-doos” that crams more hooks into its frame than a high school locker room; it subsists off of power-pop’s meat and potatoes alone, and calls to mind the Cars and Phoenix. Yes, “Class Historian” may seem simple, but that’s exactly how BRONCHO wants you to see it.