The Pollies - Where The Lies Begin - now available via This Is American Music
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Pollies (Muscle Shoals, AL) - debut full length - This Is American Music
It’s optimistic. Reflective. Powerful. Contemplative. Seething. Personal. Bold.
Simply put, it’s a statement of purpose.
Where The Lies Begin is the debut record from The Pollies—a collection of songs that defy categorization and signal the arrival of this oft-buzzed-about Muscle Shoals, AL group onto the national scene.
“It’s more of a statement that sums up the record,” explains lead singer and guitarist Jay Burgess. “It tells stories from my childhood to the present-day. As the record ends, there are definite points where I’m coming to terms and drawing conclusions from those stories.”
Just like the stories that make up the record, the actual process of writing and recording Where The Lies Begin has been years in the making—literally. It began as the brainchild of Burgess and bassist Chris James, whose musical partnership began in Muscle Shoals group Sons of Roswell. While time ticked on, the lineup of the band went through changes. Life happened, as it always does. Nevertheless, work on the record continued.
While members began settling into the group, the sound of The Pollies grew to reflect the diversity of its parts. Daniel Stoddard (Dylan LeBlanc) uses pedal steel, keys and effects to help create the sprawling soundscapes that anchor the songs. Matt Green (Belle Adair) provides a boldly melodic and experimental edge as lead guitarist. Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) adds the piano and organ touches of a seasoned veteran, and Reed Watson delivers a deep pocket groove on the drums, echoing a love for the soul music of Muscle Shoals’ lore.
And with that, The Pollies are ready to be introduced the world. It’s been a long time coming, too. Anyone who knows this band knows that the journey to the release of this record has been, well, quite a journey. Where The Lies Begin acts as a snapshot of that time. To me and you, we call that “living life”. To The Pollies, it’s something worth singing about.
Now, finally, you can hear why.
Early Press for Where The Lies Begin
“There’s something about The Pollies that screams “this is not the last time youre gonna hear from us,” and thats an awesome thing. If there is one young band to get behind and be a champion of, me thinks The Pollies is where its at. The race for a spot on the Best of 2012 is certainly heating up…. — Captains Dead
It is not easy to describe this band in general. But a band that comes to mind is Band Of Horses. But where the Seattle band has become more and more similar to the softrockers America, the Alabama Gang has gone in a rougher direction. They are still just as melodic. But their sound has gone more towards The Paisley Undeground-direction from the 80’s. (Green On Red, Rain Parade, The Dream Syndicate). And then suddenly we’re talking about the best from two worlds. Alabama 2012 and 80’s American alternative rock. Another Southern album of big dimensions, and now I look forward to the next… I know that, among others, This Is American Music has more to come. I had not heard The Pollies a month ago. But they now mean very much to me. And this is not the last one I will discover from this region. — Firdaposten (Norway)
“Where The Lies Begin instantly joined our high rotation list and has us hungry for more.” — The South Rail
Where the Lies Begins harkens to the comforting lazy groove of legendary local studio players – The Swampers, and even references modern day Shoals flag bearers Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood, and Jason Isbell – but the record uses them only as a launch pad. It soars from soulful beats of old into the angular noise rock of Sonic Youth and later day Wilco; and from there into a sound of its own. — Wess Floyd (Mod Mobilian)
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