“Not Here” is the new full-length LP from The Pollies, a band that has been defying genres and stepping over boundaries since their first release in 2012.
It’s their first release for Florence, AL’s Single Lock Records, and it shows the band shedding their alt-country skin in favor of experimental noise and unadulterated risk.
“Not Here” is how I felt when I wrote the majority of the songs for this record,” lead singer and songwriter Jay Burgess says. “I was almost living parallel to myself. I’m watching myself react to what some people probably view as “normal life occurrences”, but for me, someone who’s never been through these “normal life occurrences”, it was very difficult.”
Burgess is the songwriter behind The Pollies, and on “Not Here”, he hits on all the familiar topics— love, loss, triumph and regret— with an edge and ferocity that shows up on tracks like “Lost” and “Jackson”. Simply put, these are compelling stories—and Burgess has stepped into his own as a gifted storyteller.