Jay Burgess-fronted band The Pollies emerged on the scene in 2012 with “Where the Lies Begin,” an album, I’m sorry to say, that never popped up on my radar. Fortunately, second full-length, the sublime “Not Here,” made its way across my desk and has been in steady rotation on my iPod for more than a month. There’s a Wilco-like vibe to the record — a touch of alt-country with a dose of experimental rock — and I’m guessing the Alabama-based outfit is even better in person.
“When you write a song, you have a million different things you can do with that long,” Burgess explains. “On our records, we always try to shake up the landscape. On this one, we incorporated a lot of elements that we normally wouldn’t think about using. It changed the atmosphere of the music and pushed it in a different direction.”
The opening salvo of “Jackson” — based on slain Civil Rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson — and “Lost” set the tone for the 10-track, 41-minute release and The Pollies also soar on standout cuts “Threw It All Away,” “My Darling,” “Games” and “Lonely Betty.” Do yourself a favor and get to know this talented outfit. (Jeffrey Sisk)