Last.fm is all about discovering and sharing music. Here at Last HQ we do it all day, every day. So in a brand new series for Originals, each week the Last.fm Music Team takes turns showcasing the stuff that’s rattling their speakers. In this edition, Peter Grumbine introduces us to The Pollies, who are now firmly contributing to his impending hearing loss.
In an ideal world, discovering a band like The Pollies wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but then again, in an ideal world, every band would be able to seamlessly blend and arrange the root elements of rock and roll while forging into new territory to create songs that sound so natural and effortless that you don’t notice the intrinsic complexity and massive undertaking that each track represents.
Also, in an ideal world, someone would be feeding me fried chicken with the exact right amount of hot sauce on it while I type this, but, hey, at least The Pollies can pull off some really cool sonic textures with an organ, pedal steel, banjo, and bells.
Today, we’re lucky to have the world premiere of The Pollies video for “Song for Carter.”
The video was shot while The Pollies were on the road with their friends Alabama Shakes, with whom they happen to share Ben Tanner on keys. Like the Shakes, The Pollies are from the Muscle Shoals area, which has one of the richest music legacies in America and probably boasts the highest ratio of GRAMMYs and Gold Records to traffic lights in the world. Over the years I’ve learned that when your friends from Northern Alabama tell you that you have to check out a band, you drop everything except your daughter and do it immediately.
Long famous for recording some of the most soulful music America has ever produced, Muscle Shoals has experienced a massive musical rebirth with a new generation of artists striking out on their own. Bands like Alabama Shakes and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have proudly directed the spotlight back towards Northern Alabama, and there are plenty of artists ready to plug in and blow your mind. Today, it’s The Pollies. If you need any further proof, you can stream the full album Where the Lies Begin below.
With the recent release of their debut album, The Pollies are relatively new to Last.fm, but the Scrobbles are starting to come in.
Their band page lists Glossary, Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil, Lauderdale, and Patterson Hood as similar artists, which are great picks, but it’s also worth noting the algorithm isn’t capable of saying “The Pollies kind of sound like Tom Petty playing with early My Morning Jacket on a Jeff Tweedy produced project,” yet.
You can download the album from the widget above, or you can get a hard copy from This Is American Music.