…smartly political post-punk party jams are as lyrically dense as a college sociology textbook but danceable enough to make the Au Pairs proud…Pollen RX are deft about communicating their politics, never letting their message overwhelm the playful likability of the music nor shying away from the devastating truths they’re so gleefully unpacking.
Pollen Rx is one of our favorite new discoveries. They’re a garage pop/art punk trio from Austin, TX who specialize in politically-driven, danceable music, with gritty guitars and catchy melodies. They describe their new EP Buyer’s as “a work dedicated to the frustration and deliciousness of consumer society.” Sounds about right to us. Humorous, upfront, and concise, Pollen Rx’s Buyer’s cassette is an exposition about our modern capitalistic state, delivered with a sly wit and satire that make for some quirky musical juxtapositions.
On the surface, Pollen has created five songs of rock n roll with elements of punk and garage. Their style can pull from influences such as Metric, Franz Ferdinand, Priests and “Insomniac” era Green Day. To put it bluntly: this is a high energy piece of music that will make you want to get up and bop…Though Buyer’s is an EP that hits fast and hard, as if in a single shot, the message within the song resonates and hopefully will be taken into the minds of many as we move forward in time and hope to progress.
Pollen use that approachable lens of ’60s garage and early punk as a hook to explore much deeper and very real modern issues…Riveting stuff, and through this lens, the songs end up being weirdly fun as hell while remaining cogent in their messaging.
Torn between eschewing the new and improved item du jour and raising a joyous riot in the aisles, Pollen leaves the choice up to you, the consumer.
Full of heavy sounding tunes with a slight punk and indie tone to them, the band also try to highlight social issues with their well-crafted lyrics. With plenty of distorted sounding guitars and vocals, they manage to convey a feeling of living in the modern world with their music.
It’s raw as fuck music, both in terms of its no frills, no bullshit approach and for its true garage band sound, and single “Supply Chain” is one that’ll get pounding around in your head for a while. It’s a little bit old NYC dancepunk with a bit of D.C.’s The Evens, plus some Austin awareness and DIY that work pretty well together.
Death + Taxes premieres “Apartment,” the debut video by Austin garage punk trio Pollen off their debut S/T EP, out today on cassette and digital formats!
[‘Apartment’ has] an absurdly catchy chorus bookended by gritty verses, and the video’s got the same perfect combination of creepy (dark lighting, claustrophobic and dizzying camera-work) and playful (dancing in your underwear, living the twenty-something bohemian life) that the track embodies…It’s the perfect track if you’ve found yourself lately a bit like me right now: lying in bed in your underwear in a new apartment, listening to music, waiting for summer to “start.”
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Styrofoam Drone has the full stream of the debut s/t EP from Austin garage/punk trio Pollen, officially out on June 10th!
[The EP is] built around boy/girl vocals and a constant guitar shimmer. Crunchy guitars come backed by sunny vocal harmonies and throbbing bass in “Not a Test,” which starts the EP with an invigorating pop punch…“Short Selling” comes with a bouncy post-punk flare, sounding tight and wonky with plenty of shouting. It’s a different look at their sound compared to “Apartment,” which weaves angular guitars and bass into one stressful twang. The fluttering chorus is driven by Morgan’s breathy vocals, followed by rumbling bass lines and dusty guitars.
Check it out here and pre-order the release on cassette or download a digital copy!
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