Pop, Songs & Death are a series of EPs released by American alternative rock band Wheatus. The first EP, entitled The Lightning EP, was released in June 2009. A second EP, entitled The Jupiter EP, was released in December 2010.
Following the release of Too Soon Monsoon, the band completed a series of extensive tours, which lasted until the summer of 2008. During this time, Brendan began writing more material, and in Autumn 2008, the band returned to the recording studio. The material was recorded in DSD, and thus can be downloaded in this audiophile format for playback on PlayStation 3 and modern SACD players. The band decided against another full-length release, and instead chose to issue the songs they had recorded as a series of EPs, entitled the Pop, Songs and Death series. first EP, entitled The Lightning EP, was announced for released in May 2009, and was expected for release on June 1. However, due to numerous technical difficulties including a server crash and difficulty in processing different file types, the album was released until 1:30AM on June 2. The EP was made available using a donation-based system. If the customer donated $5 or less, they would simply receive the six songs contained on the EP. However, if they donated more than $5, they would receive two bonus tracks plus PDF files containing comic strip adaptations of the songs "Real Girl" and "From Listening To Lightning". In December 2009, a physical release of The Lightning EP was made available. The physical release was limited to 500 copies, and contained the deluxe eight-track EP, plus two further bonus tracks not available anywhere else; a DVD containing an exclusive making-of documentary, four-song live set and three music videos; physical copies of the comic strip adaptations of "Real Girl" and "From Listening to Lightning"; plus a hand-signed poster and an individually numbered presentation box.
After touring to promote the EP, the band returned to the studio to record further demos and improve tracks they had previously recorded. In March 2010, Brendan announced via his Twitter page that a second EP, entitled The Jupiter EP, would be released in May, using the same format of release as the first EP. However, due to the death of one of the tour personnel, and a series of further tour dates being scheduled, the EP was indefinitely delayed. Brendan kept fans informed of the EP's progress, until the EP was finally released for download on December 23, 2010. In a similar format, if the customer donated $5 or less, they would simply receive the six songs contained on the EP. However, if they donated more than $5, they would receive two bonus tracks, plus a PDF file containing the comic strip adaptation of "Bridges To Jupiter". In July 2011, a physical release of The Jupiter EP was made available. The physical release was limited to 500 copies, and contained the deluxe eight-track EP, two further bonus tracks not available anywhere else; a DVD containing an exclusive making-of documentary, music videos to accompany each of the six tracks on the EP, a four-song live set and further bonus content; a physical copy of the comic strip adaptation of "Bridges To Jupiter"; plus a hand-signed poster and an individually numbered presentation box.
In October 2011, the band announced that they would be touring the United Kingdom and thus, a release of both EPs in the UK would accompany the tour. This time, however, the EPs would be packaged together as one album, simply entitled Pop, Songs & Death. The standard edition of the album includes two discs, each containing one respective six-track EP. The deluxe edition of the album includes four discs, containing both deluxe ten-track EPs, both limited edition bonus DVDs, all three physical comic adaptations, plus both hand-signed posters and exclusive content for the UK. A further edition of the album, printed on two 180g vinyl records, is available via Blacktop Records (Canada). This edition will contain the twelve tracks from the standard versions of each EP, plus individually numbered deluxe gatefold packaging.