Brooklyn based duo Pollens announces their U.S. & QC tour dates! You can find full tour dates below. In conjunction with their tour, they recently released their latest single “$$$_PSA” via Emerging Indie Bands. The track displays offbeat, conversational delivery, dense polyrhythms, layered themes, drum machines, and dynamic arrangements that will leave you wanting more. It is through Jeff Aaron Bryant and Elizabeth “Emay” May’s brilliant lyricism, which contain ‘lists’, that has their listeners on the edge of curiosity.
We all want to know the meaning behind the song we listen to…or is there a meaning? Pollens have confirmed that their “songs aren’t about anything…that’s a promise.” For this track, “$$$_PSA”, focuses on a “few flavors of moneyed people- their entitlement, the space they’re taking up on the train, their shoes and conversations, and every so often we hear someone else making an announcement,” says Pollens. Their eccentric way of seeing the world can change our perspective on everything!
They check out all the “affluent” people on the train and are making their own announcement. Give it a listen and challenge yourself to never hear anyone over an intercom or public address system the same as you had before. Says Emerging Indie Bands, “it is only a sadness it has taken this long for me to get around to introducing their avant-garde creativity.”
Pollens belong in a world where guitars are not needed, lyrics come off as ‘lists’ to be shouted, not sung, and songs lie on a bedrock of intricate, yet visceral percussion.
There are too many artists who tend to overthink things- aesthetics, sound, lyrics- but it all comes naturally to Pollens. With music originating back to 2008, Pollens has grown and been compared to notable artist such as tUne-yArDs and Animal Collective. Their music is truly avant garde. There is no norm. There are loose parameters, bursts of neurotic energy tempered by melodious breaks, but then back to it- a pulsating undercurrent layered to perfection and we find ourselves completely immersed and engaged.
If there is one thing you can learn from this duo, it’s that you don’t need a big band to make yourself heard. According to Jeff, “with a tiny band, we’re totally free to explore sparse, dumb, over committed ideas without a lot of risk or investment.”
Check out their (FREE) released EP from last year Mr. Manufacture– a record which essentially explores our spatial relationship with other people, literally and figuratively, featuring songs about checking your phone, being high in the city, googling conspiracies and the list goes on.
May 11 — Blockbuster Video — Boston, MA May 13 — The Monkey House — Winooski, VT May 14 — La Vitrola — Montreal, QC May 15 — Triple 7 — Gatineau, QC May 18 — All Nite Diner — Philadelphia, PA May 19 — Trans-Pecos — New York, NY