Popaganda, the follow-up to Head Automatica’s 2004 beat-laden debut Decadence, recalls the crisp, punchy brightness of early Elvis Costello And The Attractions. From the opening blast of lead track "Graduation Day," Popaganda, produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, All American Rejects) is a literate, impassioned homage to its influences—but without being derivative. As Head Automatica’s Daryl Palumbo, former frontman of alt-hardcore band Glassjaw, says: "We didn’t want to make a record about crying. We didn’t want to make a record about being hurt. We just wanted to make a brilliant power-pop record." They have.