The Great Heights Band was formed in the spring of 2014 by singer/guitarist Neal Karkhanis and drummer Paul Martinez (formerly of You, Me, and Everyone We Know). Unlike their 2015 debut Songs in Eastern Standard Timing, the group's follow-up Rad Pop is an album about what people have been through rather than who put them through it. Lyrically, it is honest and hopeful, with a hint of reckless abandon. The LP is full of singles and sing-alongs as well as thoughtful and mature compositions that tackle the difficulties of growing up in challenging times. Songs like "Free," "Flutter" and "Straight to Hell" offer tongue-in-cheek commentary on the engagement of people with the politics of today, while songs like "A Little Time," "The Mountain" and "Start" focus on the value of love and friendship.