Pope - True Talent Champion Vinyl


Pope - True Talent Champion
release #081
release date November 3 - 2017

1st vinyl pressing:
150 - clear vinyl w/ blue splatter
(limited to 113 sold online)
350 - amber / gold

rare pressings added:
crystal clear (only 2 available)
gold w/ blue splatter (only 12 available)

full album digital download
comes with each record

$1 from the sale of every record
will be donated to:
T.E.J.A.S. Harvey Fund
(more about their non-profit below)


Track list:
1. David Caspian
2. Gym Birds
3. Feels Like Home
4. Lil Stevie
5. Talk Me Out Of It
6. Elvis
7. Make Your Mind Up
8. Slice
9. Next Year
10. Every Day


pope is:
matthew seferian
alejandro skalany
atticus lopez

synths by: tyler scurlock
backing vocals for track 1 by: julia steiner
recorded, mixed, mastered
at the palace by: michael saladis

produced by: pope and michael saladis

photos: benjamin davis
community records release 081


New Orleans indie trio Pope is a snapshot of the melodic, melancholic alternative rock landscape that many of those older siblings ushered us through growing up in the ‘90s. Alternating songwriters Alejandro Skalany (also of New Holland and Donovan Wolfington) and Matt Seferian (Buncho and Donovan Wolfington) have worked together in different projects since adolescence in Houston, TX. Upon arriving / reuniting in New Orleans with their longtime friend Atticus Lopez, they founded Pope. Their new album on Community Records, True Talent Champion, is their second full-length exhibition of their long-standing friendships, and integral shared love of iconic late ‘80s and early ‘90s bands like Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, and Guided By Voices.

Skalany and Seferian’s alternation as frontman offers a sort of cat’s cradle - two friends forming a picture together in yarn. Each song, an earworm ode to a feeling or experience ultimately forming a ten song assortment of what amuses, distresses, soothes, and excites. While their lyrics can arrive as poetically abstract, Lopez’s drumming keeps Pope focused on the alt rock craft at hand and unintrusively frames every croon, shout, hook, rise, and fall with room for the occasional touch of grunge, indie pop, and country.


T.E.J.A.S. Harvey Fund

taken from their site:
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit, dedicated to providing community members with the tools necessary to create sustainable, environmentally healthy communities by educating individuals on health concerns and implications arising from environmental pollution, empowering individuals with an understanding of applicable environmental laws and regulations and promoting their enforcement, and offering community building skills and resources for effective community action and greater public participation. Our goal is to promote environmental protection through education, policy development, community awareness, and legal action. Our guiding principle is that everyone, regardless of race or income, is entitled to live in a clean environment.