Blending catchy melodies and contemplative lyrics, Imperial April deliver guitar heavy power pop that is sure to get stuck firmly in your head. Emerging during the nationwide lockdown of 2020, the side project of alt/pop act and production duo The Response is dominated by the sweet vocals of bassist Victoria Knopp, jangly guitars and ‘90s pop-rock leanings.

After their sunshine grunge lock-down release Peachy and new wave inspired Release Me, the Christchurch guitar pop group got into the festive spirit and created An April Christmas – a collection of five original Christmas songs, equal parts tongue-in-cheek and legitimately festive, each focusing on a different side of the season.

Imperial April recently released their bittersweet anthem Everything Is Okay, ahead of their debut album release. Catch them supporting Emma Dilemma for her ‘Spit’ album release show on Jul 1 or performing at Go Live Festival in the Christchurch Town Hall on Jul 23.

Imperial April are:

Victoria Knopp: Lead vocals, Bass
Andy Knopp (The Response): Lead guitar, keys, vocals
Emma Cameron (Emma Dilemma/Decades)/ Matt Phimmavahn (Best Bets): Guitar, vocals
Katie Thompson (Katie Thompson)/ Paul Tatterson: Drums

For fans of Weezer, The Beths, The Cars, Lucy Dacus, Angel Olsen