Band: The Pollies
Date: Friday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: $8 at the door
North Alabama has given birth to bands such as Drive-By Truckers and Alabama Shakes. Now, The Pollies from the Muscle Shoals area are traversing the Southeast and building a name for the area with a sound all their own. Patrons of Callaghan’s will hear songs from the upcoming album, “Not Here,” set for release Sept. 25. With its “experimental noise and unadulterated risk,” The Pollies refuse to fit neatly into one music category. In a recent news release, lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jay Burgess explained that audio versatility is a conscious effort for The Pollies.
While there are many alt. country elements found on “Not Here,” a variety of other musical qualities force this album into its own dimension. “Not Here” uses reverb well, with dreamy echoes subtly added to vocals and instrumentation. A majority of the tracks flow easily across the album, but those such as “You Are” and “Loser” are excellent rock numbers that add to the band’s trademark versatility.