Chris Free started out musically speaking rehearsing in Dales Brewery early 1976 as a guitarist songwriter for one of Cambridge's first beat punk bands The Users releasing and co-writing Sick Of You on the Kings St Cambridge label Raw Records in 1977 and Kicks In Style on Warped Records, there is still a great deal of interest in the recordings of The Users to this day.
Chris then formed a songwriting partnership in London with Cambridge born Lucy Barron signing an EMI publishing deal and wrote amongst others a summer 1983 hit for Tracie Young entitled Give It Some Emotion for Paul Weller's Respond Records. Later on in the 80's after playing in a couple of London based bands but not feeling inspired, Chris put his guitars in the attic and closed the hatch.
Returning to Cambridge in 2006 inspired Chris for first time in 15 odd years to to start writing tunes / songs after feeling particularly bored on a February Wednesday evening. The songs in a mid 60ts pop early 70's Atlantic soul style ie "post modern pop" needed a group and so along with local vocalist Tony Jenkins a collective group of musicians was sought to play under the name The Sound Of Pop Art
A debut CD released in 2010 received some very good reviews
A Cracking Album - Paolo Hewitt
Cambridge’s T.S.O.P.A. update riffs and attitudes and pour sunny harmonies all over them. Influenced by The Beach Boys and The Kinks. Tony Jenkins sings of shopping centres and high street girls. Visions Of You and Let’s Make Love in London add a dash of Syd Barrett, David Bowie whimsy. Infectiously enthusiastic, this is classic boho pop: plenty invigorating.
Chris Roberts **** UnCut Magazine
An album which condenses everything about the summer into a dozen beautifully realised and superbly evocative songs that combine all that's good about proper pop music. Managing to be simultaneously retro and contemporary, these timeless slices of sunshine combine killer hooks, insidious lyrics and superb choruses.