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The Pollies - Where The Lies Begin
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Pollies (Muscle Shoals, AL) - debut full length - October 2, 2012 - 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
Press for WTLB
Where the Lies Begin has plenty of great tracks, resulting in a phenomenal debut for this Alabama-based six-piece. - Obscure Sound
Brilliantly crafted indie masterpiece with a Southern accent from Muscle Shoals - When You Motor Away
The craftsmanship in Where The Lies Begin manifests itself through the album; it doesn’t try to overcompensate with some furious opening track; rather it draws the listener in with melodies, sound textures, polish and a steady, rhythmic beat. - Bobby Bozeman - Times Daily
Think early Wilco, kind of; shimmering, fuzzed-out, eerie guitars with a bottle slide edge to them, and hypnotically repetitive choruses. A remarkable debut from a Muscle Shoals supergroup. - Brand New Kind Of
Where The Lies Begin blends seamlessly into a jaded, almost traditional country of fear and loathing in the South. - RELIX
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)
There’s something about The Pollies that screams “this is not the last time you’re 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. - Captains Dead
It’s open, inviting, passionate and tuneful. It’s twangy, but not southern rock. Soulful, but not R&B. - Farce The Music
Jay Burgess’s voice is ragged enough to sound like he’s been a few places, but sweet enough to make your heart clench a little. - Adobe and Teardrops
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