NEW YORK, NY | October 27, 2017 – “Samplers, noise, ecstatic readings of boring lists,” reads Pollens biography; a modestly blunt statement that is perfectly accurate, yet also completely insufficient in describing the band’s sound. Pollens is a band that you can’t easily describe; and one you must just experience. They released their latest EP today, titled Mister Manufacture, a masterful creation perched on the fine line between chaos and precision. Blending electronic dance beats, ambient noise and shouting, the quirky group makes catchy and undeniably clever music; it’s sparse yet poppy, experimental yet honestly raw. The EP premiered on Audiofemme yesterday, who summarized it as, “Mr. Manufacture explores the buzz, crash, and timbre of the city.”
If you ask the band for guidance, you’ll find they’re as upfront as you might expect: “Pollens doesn’t tell stories, they recite lists. They want their music to be dumb and immediate. No story. No metaphor,” said the band. Inspiration for the band’s material comes out of their love for endless observation and notation. “Pollens make lots of lists. Lists of things that kids might do. Sounds that animals make. Weird things to not believe in. Answering machine messages. The benefits of being invisible. Warning signs before kissing. Things I tell my friends. Promises I make. Things the cards say. Shifts in my behavior when I like someone. Kinds of tourists on the train. Things men say. Lovesickness and homesickness. Cats and witches. Problems with having a body. Real life and the internet.”
Pollens’ Mister Manufacture represents the perfect ‘controlled chaos’ found in their hometown of New York City; their music a constant analysis and reflection of their everyday life. Always with a twist of surprise, Pollens delight in the mundane with odd songs you’ll be humming over and over, in the key of garbage trucks, train tracks, and emergency sirens
Mister Manufacture is available for pay-what-you-want in digital format today on Bandcamp; with limited edition cassette tapes available from the band at their record release celebration show on November 16 at Secret Project Robot in NYC. They’ll be joined by Operator Music Band, Salt People and, recently announced, Zula; full details on Facebook here. The EP was self-recorded and produced by Jeff Aaron Bryant of Pollens and mastered by Blake Bickel.
Publicists Addition: On October 30, the band released a special Halloween song titled “Bats, Cats, Etc.” as a one-off single. It premiered via Floated Magazine and is available for pay what you want on Bandcamp here.
No memory. No culture. Pollens is a New York band. It’s percussion and shouting, accuracy and abandon. Samplers, noise, ecstatic readings of boring lists. Stupid dance beats. Wild drumming, low-art, normal stuff, downtown theater, subway commutes, more lists, your telephone, transmission noise, gestures, physicality.
Jeff and Elizabeth (EMay) met while working on a short, anachronistic “opera”- and shortly after, they both worked on a song cycle about the specifics of being human and social anxiety and social media. Facebook birthday reminders from dead people—that sort of thing. But like, what does any of this have to do with bands? Rock and roll? The bar?
Last year, they put out a Pollens record called ’83. Don’t listen to it. Wait for the next one instead. Its called Mister Manufacture and it’s about being around people, and checking your telephone, being high in the city, googling conspiracies, and making summer mistakes. The songs are a little off, but the record bangs. *And it’s FREE.