After mentioning the legendary power pop drummer Ric Menck in the previous Old Californio post, there’s only one place this power pop section can take me next. It’s obviously Velvet Crush, who were/are led by Ric and Paul Chastain. A really great classic power pop band from Rhode Island that has released so many wonderful pop songs that I could keep this section up for a few weeks just by using their material and the quality wouldn’t drop. The dearest Velvet Crush album to me is their second album Teenage Symphonies to God that came out on Creation Records in 1994. Hold Me Up is the great opener of that record.