A good song can be put to the test by stripping back the arrangement to a simple voice and guitar. Just imagine the proximity of Roy Orbison singing "In Dreams" with just his acoustic guitar. There is an honest element to the performance when songs are presented in their rawest form.
The 1960s was an evergreen period for popular music. The immediacy of rock 'n' roll inspired four young men from Liverpool to turn the music industry on its ear. The art of songwriting eventually became so competitive that both Paul McCartney (The Beatles) and Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) recently acknowledged they tried to outdo each other on successive albums in the mid 1960s. At the same time a young man called Bob Dylan was single handedly revolutionising the art of lyric writing, bringing new elements to popular song.
Pop Preservation Society acknowledges the contribution of artists from this period and in the preceding years that inspired them. A major emphasis is also placed on the subsequent years where their influence would be felt.
The show introduces popular songs which can be very personal as well as universal to the listener. They are presented in a respectful manner to the writer(s) and there is occasional conversation which seeks to give insight to the listener about the song.
Stranges has a powerful voice with a range that adapts to the different styles of singers in the vast catalogue of songs he performs. Sounding familiar, yet refreshingly original, Stranges does not attempt to do a tribute show. Instead he focuses his energies on bringing out the best elements the song has to offer. What happens is a real connection to the author's place of inspiration and to the listener. It is this very element that the show seeks to "preserve" and deliver in the performance.
In March 2013, Australian songwriter and original recording artist, Victor Stranges, was invited to play a one off acoustic performance of classic rock and pop songs at the historic Mission To Seafarers in Melbourne.
Since the appearance, he was invited to play on several occasions to the delight of audiences and pop aficionados at corporate, not for profit and private events.
Pop Preservation Society is a solo show though has from time to time incorporated other musicians for harmonies and light percussion.
Utilising his repertoire of classic rock and pop tunes accumulated over the years, Stranges eventually named the project "Pop Preservation Society" as to distinguish from performances of his original material.
Victor Stranges is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He began his career as a teenage drummer in the late 1980s playing many Melbourne venues, including support slots for well known Australian artists. His experience in the Melbourne pub scene inspired him to embark on a songwriting journey of his own, forming and fronting in several Australian groups including Caravan and more recently, Victor Stranges & The Methinks.
Stranges released his debut album, "Heading Back To You" in 2002. For several years he played on the Melbourne music circuit. After a hiatus of building a recording studio and working as producer and musician on other people’s recordings, his second album, “Hello Me To You" was recorded, engineered and produced at his home studio in Melbourne, Australia. It was released in September 2009.
The first single (Hello Me To You) from the album was launched to radio in Australia on September 4th 2009. Nearly 100 stations nationally added the song including the Home Brew Network covering 60 stations alone. The single was released to Australian commercial radio in early March 2010 and was released in July 2010 to United States and European radio.
The single gained traction from various industry types including Charles Foskett (producer for Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Richard Thompson, Elvis Costello) and Edwyn Collins, who are both fans of the track. In addition, "Hello Me To You" was named as one of the Best Albums of 2009 by Pop Underground. A distribution deal in March 2010 with Bruce Brodeen's Not Lame Recordings ensured the album received exposure to the worldwide powerpop community.
Recording has commenced on Stranges' third album and is in the pipeline for release in 2019.
For more information visit victorstranges.com.
“Pop Preservation Society recently played the Rotary Club of Noble Park Christmas Dinner and they were wonderful. They provided a warm atmosphere with acoustic background music. Their voices blended very well and they sang some classic songs that our guests really enjoyed.
They even played some traditional Christmas carols which I did not expect but was most fitting for a Christmas dinner. They really made a difference to the night’s proceedings and worked in very well with our MC.”
(Rotary Club of Noble Park)
“I have booked Pop Preservation Society for 3 shows now. First an international sales conference, a 60th birthday party and the People’s Choice Art Awards. They play some quite amazing pop gems and have a knack of sounding very full for an acoustic duo!
They are definitely organic and their harmonies are ear candy. They are professional and sensitive to the format of each event; playing quietly when people were mingling and playing faster songs as the evening progressed. I would highly recommend Pop Preservation Society.”
(Glam City Events Australia)