American Decoration

L.A. pop project Decorations


When folks who were born into the post-Woodstock era need a pop song that says “chill out, relax, you’ve got this,” chances are they sing the theme from TV show Greatest American Hero, which goes like this: “Believe it or not I’m walking on air/ I never thought I could feel so free.”

Devon Geyer’s dad wrote that iconic TV tune. Geyer is the main man behind L.A. pop project Decorations, whose full-length debut, Have Fun, is out now on Frenchkiss Records.

Geyer says Decorations is “my passion project,” inspired by the same music popular at the time of Greatest American Hero. Geyer calls Decorations a “new wave band without so much sadness — a little more cheery than that.”

Despite performing as a quartet, Geyer usually works by himself.

“I like to work alone because I get to be unforgiving to myself,” Geyer says. “When it’s just yourself, you can beat yourself up real good.”

Have Fun’s “At Your Leisure” and “Promise” blend the deliciously tight, synth-y power pop of Elvis Costello with the arguably dubious but totally likable influence of Rick Springfield.

“What makes the band so good,” Geyer says, “is that everyone is a cheery, curious person who’s looking to make great music.”

Decorations play with Vista Kicks and The Gloomies 10 pm Tuesday, July 26, at Hi-Fi Music Hall Lounge; $10 adv., $12 door, 21-plus. — William Kennedy