A trio formed in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA, in March 1995, Joe Popp comprise ex-Smash Mouth members Martin Rice (vocals, bass) and Jeff Wood (drums), plus Joe Popp himself (guitar, vocals), formerly the leader of Dogs On Ice. With their roots in the Tampa Bay alternative rock scene, the group specialize in short snaps of pop/punk, with three-part harmonies and offbeat, youthful lyrics. After formation they were initially heard as support to artists including the Toadies and Wayne Kramer. Their regional following expanded with concerts in several Florida clubs and a prestigious performance at a South-Eastern Music Conference held at the Pantheon Theater. Their debut came with the independently financed and released album Complex Machine. Two songs from this, ‘Radiance’ and ‘Me And Van Gogh’, were played heavily on local radio, while Popp also contributed original music to two local plays. Their video also featured in the Off Center Theater production of The Bones Of Danny Winston And Rib Ann Magee.
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