The Pollies – Where The Lies Begin
With but a few days left in the 31 Days of Music, there are just five albums left on the Best of 2012 list. The first of the final five is The Pollies, a group that successfully incorporates fuzzy guitars, punk attitude, haunting melodies, country twang and Southern soul in each tune on their debut record Where The Lies Begin. Earlier this month I was able to take in one of their live shows which only heightened my enjoyment of their music facilitating a rise in their standing on my ‘best of’ list.
Each song on this ten track masterpiece stands out as an individual song with its own unique sound yet when you listen to them all together they form one cohesive entity of southern music. The track “Good For Nothing” opens up their world to the listener with haunting vocals/moans that bring a chill to the back of your neck in a good way. A steady thumping of the kick drum leads the listener through the brooding song that is filled with distorted melodies, noises and rhythms. They are not afraid to step outside of the box with the music and the use of bells on “Something New” mixed with fuzzy guitars demonstrates that. On “Rebel Man” jangly guitars and soulful keyboards lead the way on this good old rock tune about falling for the bad boy. “Little Birdie” mixes layers of music over the ever present thumping rhythms that drive most of the songs on this record. Fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin grace this foot stomping tune about losing your way. My favorite tracks on the record are “Song For Carter” that effortlessly blends pedal steel, harmonica and keyboards with the jangly guitars in this coming of age ode and “Madgeline” which may be one of the most beautifully written songs I have ever listened to. Built around the vocals and acoustic guitar, fiddles are used in spots to intensify this emotional song about loss.
Where The Lies Begin is a powerful piece of music that becomes better with each spin. The lyrics weave tales about life in the South, but could just as easily be substituted for any town in America. Musically, they are able to bring in so many different sounds to create a beautiful soundscape that could stand alone as an instrumental album. The flawless marriage of the music and words is what makes this record so damn good. If you have not listened to the Pollies, do yourself a favor and do so pronto.
31 Days of Music – The Best of 2012
#05 – The Pollies – Where The Lies Begin
#06 – Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ – Songs From The Laundromat/Songs About Cars, Space and the Ramones
#07 – American Aquarium – Burn. Flicker. Die.
#08 – Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs
#09 – Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
#10 – Heavy Mojo – Break of Dawn: High Speed Dayz
#11 – Gentleman Jesse – Leaving Atlanta
#12 – Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
#13 – Jack White – Blunderbuss
#14 – Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth
#15 – Some Dark Holler – Some Dark Holler
#16 – Stuffy Shmitt – Industrial Love
#17 – The Whigs – Enjoy The Company
#18 – Langhorne Slim & the Law – The Way We Move
#19 – Fistful Of Beard – Until We Know Better
#20 – Still Flyin – On A Bedroom Wall
#21 – Doc Dailey & the Magnolia Devil – Catch The Presidents
#22 – Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes
#23 – Father John Misty – Fear Fun
#24 – King Tuff – King Tuff
#25 – Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Grifter’s Hymnal
#26 – Bob Mould – Silver Age
#27 – Enemies! – Desolation Dream
#28 – Allen Thompson Band – Salvation In The Ground
#29 – Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe
#30 – Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
#31 – David Hidalgo, Mato Nanji & Luther Dickinson – 3 Skulls and the Truth