Who is POP CO-OP?
POP CO-OP is a group of four geographically-dispersed musicians who focus on making the music they love. Veteran musician Steve Stoeckel (Spongetones songwriter, bassist, and vocalist) is from Charlotte, NC; Bruce Gordon is from Los Angeles, CA; Stacy Carson is from Orlando, FL; and Joel Tinnel is from Northern Virginia. The group's music mostly fits in the power pop, pop rock, and rock categories with a common unifying thread being "lyrical" music that fuses influences and styles.
The band formed in 2016 and released a freshman album of all originals called Four State Solution. The album made the "Best of 2017" list on WKVA 88.1 Oregon's Snap, Crackle, POP! and spurred the band to the 6th most played artist on on This is Rock 'n Roll Radio with Dana and Carl, airing on Spark Syracuse! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, Syracuse, NY.
After cutting a few singles, they were picked up by Futureman Records for the April 2020 release of their second album, Factory Settings. Several songs got picked up by various international DJs and were played in the Americas and across Europe. Three songs were put in regular rotation on WERA 96.7 FM, Arlington, VA. The band went on to be the 2nd most played artist of 2020 on This is Rock 'n Roll Radio with Dana and Carl.
Their 3rd album, Suspension, was released June 3, 2022.
All four members write and record the music, with each bringing a unique set of influences to the table. The guys fully embraced Internet technology, which makes this distributed collaboration possible. Music and lyrics are composed in combinations of one, two, three, and four members, giving the band a broad spectrum of styles and textures. All this is done in individual studios, with one member doing the final mix. This entire production is done in house, and songs are sent out for professional mastering before release.
The band's music has been played on the Rodney Bingenheimer Show, which airs on the Little Steven's Underground Garage channel on Sirius XM and on the Mickey Bradley Record Show, BBC Radio Ulster. Their music has been reviewed favorably in Goldmine Magazine.