“4 Stars. Later period Descendents comes to mind. Based more in melodica, alterno rock. Rockish structure. There’s a flower on the cover. It belongs there. Emotional. Yet not too sappy. Great songs. […] This blows the new ALL out of the water. Give a new band a chance.” –FOE
“…tight, brisk and catchy: Bitchin’ surf-guitar hooks played fast and loud enough to sound vaguely metallic; speedy basslines; drumming as crisp as toasted Wonder Bread. If that’s your bag, Pollen do it better than anybody.” — PITTSBURGH NEWSWEEKLY
Photo by Jim Steinfeldt
Today, Pollen shares their re-released sophomore album, ‘Crescent,’ for the first time ever on vinyl, out now via Double Helix Records.
Speaking on Pollen’s sophomore record, Bob Hoag (drummer and songwriter) wrote:
“Crescent was my attempt to make a really interesting, challenging record. I wanted to make our Empire Strikes Back – darker, more complex, more emotional, more moving parts. I’m not sure that’s a formula for a successful rock record, but I was a very determined/stubborn person, and rarely did things the easy way. Bluette opened with a very upbeat instrumental – OK, then we’ll close this with an incredibly dark instrumental. I really challenged myself with this songwriting and tried to make something very unique. I was also going through a lot of tough emotional stuff at the time, and it’s pretty much all there in the lyrics. Some of those lyrics are hard for me to listen to today, but at least it’s extremely honest and sincere, I guess. I felt very at odds with the world (a concept I am once again feeling profoundly in 2022, coincidentally).”
Bass: Chris Serafini Guitar: Mike Bennett Vocals: Dan Hargest Drums: Bob Hoag Guitar: Kevin Scanlon
Produced by Stephen Egerton and Bob Hoag
Engineered by Stephen Egerton
Recorded June 1994 at Aircraft Studios
Mastered for vinyl by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room and Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording
Vinyl pressed by Burlington Record Plant
Available on Vinyl LP in two color variations:
Limited-Edition Purple Flower (25 Copies) & Leaf Green (300 Copies)
Pollen – Crescent Bio:
Pollen was a power pop band originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but later becoming a mainstay of Arizona’s music scene when they relocated to Mesa, Arizona in 1995. They released four albums and two split records over their eight years together, including 1997’s ‘Peach Tree’ on Wind-up Records and 2000’s ‘Chip’ on Fueled By Ramen. Over the years, Pollen toured extensively with bands like The Ataris, Descendents, Less Than Jake, The Stereo, Armchair Martian, River City High, Suicide Machines, One Man Army, Cooter, Scrimmage Heroes, and Co-Ed. Pollen even played a show with Weezer – with just two bands on the bill, Pollen and Weezer.
Originally released on Grass Records in 1995, Pollen’s second full-length album, ‘Crescent’ is finally making its debut on vinyl, out via Double Helix Records, which is distributing the record.
Produced by Stephen Egerton (ALL, DESCENDENTS, FLAG) and Bob Hoag (THE FORMAT, DEAR AND THE HEADLIGHTS, THE ATARIS), the original CD sounded fairly lo-fi, thanks to a mastering mistake.
Jason Livermore (THE BLASTING ROOM) and Bob Hoag have meticulously remastered ‘Crescent’ from the original mixes, finally bringing some never-before-heard clarity, power, and fidelity to this little-heard sophomore effort.