Exposure & Response

by Mo Troper

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smoothdad Amazing mix of bombastic power pop, 60s sunshine pop, and clever instrumentation! Love the horns and banjos and strings!! Favorite track: Your Brand.
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Marshall Fassino Another AMAZING record from Portland's Mo Troper. A well crafted slice of power pop where every song has it's place and no tune overstays it's welcome. More people should be striving to write the kind of timeless and insanely catchy music this guy seems to throw out like it's as easy and automatic as putting pants on in the morning. Favorite track: Dictator Out Of Work.
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Nick Green Dictator out of work- genius
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Jesse His biting and cynical critique sounds just as good dressed up with horns and strings. Favorite track: The Customer.
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1.
all these important songs are finger paintings on the fridge crocodile teardrops in a bucket of artifice you still think rock and roll will change the world?
2.
Your Brand 02:19
turn a tragedy into something you can work with keep your finger on the pulse that’s in your pocket think of your brand, think of your brand it doesn’t matter what baggage they’re carrying this instant when you’re born first class, everything’s just business think of your brand, think of your brand it’s just a scam, they don’t give a damn think of your brand, think of your brand
3.
The Customer 01:12
you call me over wounded critter I can’t move any faster if I could, I’d be a dancer this is just a cover-up I really hate your guts I think you’ve had enough but who am I to judge? tell me what you’ve learned i’m the boss as far as you’re concerned the customer’s always right except when they aren’t
4.
you’re only as old as the company you keep you only feel tall because it’s such a low ceiling bottom feeder getting too big for its pond if your nose were any higher you’d be smelling god you did something once but those days are through now you just twiddle your thumbs contemplating your next big move you’ve got the head of a politician and a sloth’s ambition it’s just the no one understands glutton for sentiment they’ll be sorry when you’re dead you’re the poet laureate of neverland you tried growing up but it just wasn’t for you practically drowning in the fountain of youth you have everything that you could ever want you don’t have to reminisce when you never move on you did something once but it took all your energy now you just twiddle your thumbs and nurture one-sided rivalries you’ve got the head of a politician and a sloth’s ambition it’s just that no one understands glutton for sentiment they’ll be sorry when you’re dead one day they’ll build a monument to the poet laureate of neverland
5.
Freebin 02:00
I thought things were going great but you had other plans I thought we were headed straight, but you left me at a dead end I just wanted to be special to someone again I just wanted to be special to someone again but you put my heart in a freebin I thought things were going great, but I couldn’t see it ran out of gas while I was taking in the scenery I just wanted to be special to someone again I just wanted to be special to someone again but you put my heart in a freebin
6.
Window Seat 00:42
you put the company on the map with your knack for invention they put you out with the trash sent you back to the beginning sitting in the window seat pushed you out into the street and you got struck by a passing car say a prayer for a forgotten star
7.
your makeup's starting to run like a clown in the sun you aren't fooling anyone a dictator out of work king of the castle but the foundation started to fail a loser on the campaign trail a dictator out of work you were in the summer of your career now you'll do anything just to be remembered counting down the days until you rise again started at the bottom and now you're buried in a basement like a villain out of some cartoon a human hot air balloon now they're singing to a different tune: "a dictator out of work"
8.
Tow Truck 01:45
I ruined your big night to remember by parking in front of your garage door I’ve never been here before, find it in your heart to accept my apology you didn’t have to make fun of me it’s the first mistake I’ve ever made, so cut me a break turn it up. turn it up, until it’s so loud that i can’t drown out the sound you scared this rock and roll asshole from ever going back I nearly had a heart attack
9.
Wedding 01:09
wedding bells and I feel better under her spell eager to tell her “I know no matter what I won’t stop loving you” I can’t believe it’s me she’s chosen I’m off the market, my heart’s been stolen every second with her is a honeymoon I can’t wait to escape the city gossip and old ghosts still haunt me keeping me from all the things I ought to do blink and you’ll miss it the best part of this bittersweet existence is about to begin here comes the bride for the rest of your life
10.
Wicked 02:14
it’s the kind of dirty that you just can’t seem to get off you put your poison in a vault with a leak the next bad seed we’re just dying to root out i can only assume they’re as wicked as me another crooked nail just waiting for the hammer another stripped screw begging to be put out of its misery you might as well have fun until they call your number I can only assume they’re as wicked as me
11.
Jumbotron 01:55
my love’s so long, my love’s so long you could fit it on a jumbotron my love’s so long, it goes on and on you could fit it on a jumbotron how much bigger until you can see? that you’re the only one for me
12.
Big School 02:15
pay to have someone reassure you that you’re smart if it weren’t for all this money we wouldn’t get too far now you think every fleeting thought is a jewel and you’ve always gotta prove you went to the big school when you have everything you really can’t complain a human centipede in love with its own brain everyone’s the same, they’re all so original and they’ve always gotta prove they went to the big school but now that you’re being put to the test you find that all that mental masturbation only left you with a mess your parents must be proud you turned out so special and they’ve always gotta prove you went to the big school
13.
Clear Frames 01:26
I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing that he wears them too I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing that he wears them too we have the same taste in fashion you said that’s where the similarities end should I be relieved, or offended? I’m a nervous mess insecure and stressed never better than second best I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing that he wears them too I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing that he wears them too maybe it’s a reflection of your taste, then arrogant, uptight and indifferent sounds like he does everything I did he’s inconsiderate self-interested but I started it I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing that he wears them too
14.
Old Man 02:00
they try and make it seem more complex than it is they try and say it in their mature language you just did what felt right you had to downsize my old man didn’t want me anymore my old man walked out the door they try and make it sound like it was no one’s fault I guess you can’t expect that much from an adult you just did what felt right you got your fill of me for a lifetime my old man didn’t want me anymore my old man walked out the door like a dirty penny he dropped on the floor my old man didn’t want me anymore
15.
you realize that you might lose your mother none of your fake problems prepared you for this you realize you can’t do anything without her what’s it called when you’re an adult who still feels like a kid? in the waiting room you’re biting on your fingers trying to make a mental list of everything you regret and your inkwell’s filled with spit and rancor so busy looking at yourself that you never learned how to swim you realize that you might lose your mother none of your fake problems prepared you for this

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released November 17, 2017

mo troper: vocals, guitar, keys, bass, drums
jackson machado: guitar
ben burwell: bass
asher mcKenzie: drums

additional musicians:
lee ellis: keys
shannon rose steele: violin, viola
lily breshears: vocals
zach banks: cello
anthony meade: trombone
corey palacois: trumpet

artwork by dylan balliett

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"the conker's bad fur day of power pop"

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