The trusty band website biog, what would we do without them? Not only would your average amateur music reviewer be stuck for what to write about in the intro to their piece, but the world would not know that Pollen “are based out of a garage in the north west”. Don’t say we never teach you anything!
So away from Pollen’s fascinating life story and on to the music. “Cities On Fire” is a song of two halves, or rather it’s two songs unsubtly combined into one six minute piece. The first part is vaguely similar to a low-key Muse album track without the imagination. Then, after three minutes, it suddenly transforms into this upbeat, soaring perma-chorus. Strange. There are the makings of a good song in there somewhere, the problem is they’re buried very deep. Second track “Russian Roulette” is less confusing, but less interesting. It’s basically a bog standard modern commercial rock song; buzzy guitars, lots of drums, dreary whiney vocals etc. Think Stereophonics without that annoying Welsh guy singing.
Pollen’s biog also mentions that they have recently supported My Red Cell, The Open and Thirteen Senses. On the basis of this baffling yet boring EP, supporting second rate indie bands is about as far as they’ll get.