Listen to "Still Time," the first Bop Skizzum song featuring the act's new lead singer, Julie Almeria

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Aimee Giese
Remember last month when we introduced you to Bop Skizzum's new singer, Julie Almeria? She made her live debut last month at Cervantes' when Skizzum warmed up for Fishbone. Shortly after that gig, the band was slated to head up to the Blasting Room to record some of the new material they'd been working on. Well, the first fruits of their labor are finally here in the form of a brand new tune called "Still Time."

Instant verdict: While we'd love tell you how much we dig the tune, the truth is we're not feeling it. The track, co-produced by the band and Christopher Jak and recorded by Andrew Berlin, doesn't do much for us. Although Almeria's clearly got a strong voice, the cut just isn't that memorable. The chorus, in particular, combined with the handclaps in the bridge, reminds us of a song that could've easily been on the soundtrack of one of those interchangeable Ralph Macchio movies from the '80s, like Teachers or something -- the type of flick that hardly anybody remembers, that randomly crops up on basic cable every now and then.

Just the same, we're going to reserve further judgement on the latest incarnation of the act until we've seen Almeria live and heard what else the outfit has up its sleeve. Andy Guerrero (aka Andy Rok), who leads the band, has musicality to spare and generally has rather keen melodic sensibilities as a songwriter. Not to mention, there's some heavy hitters on his squad. And so we're definitely eager to see what else these cats come up with. In the meantime, page down to have a listen for yourself and see what you think.



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Armchairproducer
Armchairproducer

Replace the guitars with cold synths, down tempo the drum beat, and drown Julie's vocals in reverb = a hit.

Chloebear
Chloebear

Love the new song! Can't wait to hear it live!

Matthew Fecher
Matthew Fecher

This track has a super-rad 80s vibe going... I'm going to have respectively disagree with Herrera and give it a thumbs up.   Looking forward to hearing more music in this style.

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

That's what's up, Fecher. Couldn't hope for a more agreeable gent to respectfully disagree with me. Still not feeling the song, though.

greeblemonkey
greeblemonkey

I know I am biased, but I like the song a lot. I have listened to the song a bunch and I also like it more the more I listen to it. It's fun!!!

Andy Rok
Andy Rok

Appreciate the honesty, went for something a little different on this tune, we knew some people might dig it and others might not, but sometimes you need to explore and try different things as a band, and that is part of being an artist! We've got some more songs to send your way. We hope you will find those to be a little more memorable!

thanks for taking the time to listen to our music and follow our journey as we keep evolving as a band!

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Indeed. That's exactly how you evolve as an artist and keep from putting out the same songs over and over. Good on you! Eager to hear what's next.

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