Indebted to no wave and post-punk, and named for one of noir novelist Jim Thompson's bleakest tales, Brooklyn's Pop.
1280 was started by Chris Bug and Ivan Lip in 2009. Their first single, a creepy song about the bedbug epidemic in New York, set the stage for their follow-up EP, The Grid. Sacred Bones
signed the band, and Bug and Lip expanded the group with bassist Pascal Ludet and drummer Zach Ziemann of Twin Stumps. Three months later, after an East Coast tour, Pop. 1280 returned to the studio to record their full-length debut, The Horror, which was released in early 2012. For 2013's Imps of Perversion, the band worked with producer Martin Bisi
(who also worked with Cop Shoot Cop
), who helped them focus their fury into more cohesive songs. By the time Pop. 1280 reconvened to record their next full-length album, Ludet and Ziemann were out of the lineup, and Bug and Lip brought Allegra Sauvage (synthesizer and cello) and Andy Chugg (drums) on board for the sessions for Paradise, released in January 2016. ~ Jason Lymangrover, Rovi