Pollenating the airwaves since 2014 this manic 4 piece blast out a chaotic cacophony of funky fusion concepts. Drawing influences from the worlds of reggae, ska, punk, psychedelia, hip-hop, funk, and jazz. With no two songs sounding alike, their unwillingness to be pigeon holed drove them to coin a phrase to explain their sound "devil reggae" . Always forging new ideas, whether on it or off it, this gang never forget about the beat with that all important groove is at the heart of every track.
November 2013, Pollen forms as a 3-piece studio project aiming to create beautifully unusual fusion concepts. Recording Demos with the wonderfully talented Tom Drover. After a 40 week gestational period with a full set of original material Pollen hit the public August 2014.November 2013, Pollen forms as a 3-piece studio project aiming to create beautifully unusual fusion concepts. Recording Demos with the wonderfully talented Tom Drover. After a 40 week gestational period with a full set of original material Pollen hit the public August 2014.
Playing constantly through the second half of 2014 with the the likes of Fairs, Mr Nothing and WMD. Mainly found in local Pubs and clubs of the Burntwood/Cannock/Lichfield area at Fundraising and other small fun events. Within 5 months of hitting the stage for the first time Pollen were picked up by Bunny Boiler Records almost instantly releasing their first single "Giggles".Once on board with BBR Pollen wasted no time in getting out there playing venues such as The Roadhouse, Rosie's Bar Coventry, 02 academy Birmingham and The Rainbow with the likes of Casual Agenda, Underground Empire, Trees and Queens and Effigy for Sleep
Working in the studio with microphone mastermind John Wilcox starting in February 2015, Pollen Create the "8" EP released a little over 2 months later on 420! (20/4/15). After getting a taste for studio life, over the coming year, they put out a barrage of singles: "Troothpaste", "420 chronicles", "Pinballs" and "Illness". Recording the first three with John Wilcox and the latter with Wolverhampton based Ryan Pinson of JML Studios.
[Stage Right: Enter Molly]
In the wake of "Illness" Pollen leave behind their three piece status and welcome a new family member, Molly upon the Saxophone, in August of 2016. Her first performance with the gang wins them Battle of the Bands, Unreal fest, hosted by the wonderful Ryan Hulme. Playing places including The Sunflower Lounge, Cogs Bar, The Station and The Slade Rooms with a wonderful array of artists like Hankks, Bad Flowers and Popes of Chilli Town.
Hear, there and everywhere
Molly had time to marinate in the Devil Reggae sauce and became a fully fledged Pollenator. Together the fresh foursome slammed down the track Duh! (3/4/17) and Jaya the Cat Saved My Life (5/5/17) at Stafford’s incredible Flying Dutchman Studios. Taking to the stage across the midlands and beyond, these four amigos have played alongside Big D and the Kids table, Popes of Chilitown, Wonk Unit, The Soap Girls, Allusondrugs, The Bad Flowers, Nosebleed, Captain Stingrays Groove Machine and many more! Gracing stages at Unreal Fest, Lichfield Fuse Festival, 02 Academy Birmingham, The Empire Coventry, Redrum, Cellar Bar, Sunflower Lounge, The Rainbow, Slade Rooms, The Roadhouse, The Victoria, The Gifford Arms, The Station, and The Guildhall to name but a few.
Aiming High for the future
With new releases in the pipeline, this awesome foursome are heading back to the studio aiming high for their first full concept album release. Stay tuned for more of Polly and friends adventures…
Peace, love and Pollen.
Benjamin Wigley(2013-present): Bass Guitar/Voice/Guitar/Keys/Ukelele/Accordian
William George Schmidt(2013-present): Guitar/Voice/Keys/Drums
Coreylee Ronald Furnival(2013-present): Drums/Percussion/Bass Guitar/Guitar/Voice
Molly Ellen Taylor(2016-present): Saxophone/Keys/Bass Guitar/Guitar/Voice