Syracuse: PopCity (With Some Punk Rock Too)
The power pop land that time forgot. That’s Syracuse, New York. The SaltCity. Best known for people passing through on their way to bigger and better things—whether it’s the students making their way through SyracuseUniversity or the minor baseball players hoping to make it to the majors. But Syracuse also has a history of great music. Like a lot of local music, Syracuse’s best bands are often better appreciated by people living outside of the area. I loved growing up in Syracuse but I was unaware of area bands when I was living there. Ever since the early ‘90s, though, there’s been a steady stream of relatively easy to find compilations that have recirculated Syracuse’s best power pop and punk.
THE FLASHCUBES: They’re the big fish in the Syracuse pond and they’ve earned it. In addition to what they accomplished on their own they helped out a lot of the bands listed above (the Poptarts, the Penetrators, and the Trend all thank at least one Flashcube). And though the Flashcubes started in 1977, it wasn’t until 2003 that they recorded their debut CD, Brilliant (Screaming Apple).