n 2011, Alex Stern recognized a problem of his own creation: He was in a reggae band that was firmly committed to writing within its genre, but, his songs were grounded in a fascination with late 70's Power-Pop and New Wave. He was simultaneously in a N...
n 2011, Alex Stern recognized a problem of his own creation: He was in a reggae band that was firmly committed to writing within its genre, but, his songs were grounded in a fascination with late 70's Power-Pop and New Wave. He was simultaneously in a New Wave band that objected to his insistence on a singularly Jamaican syncopation. He formed The Pomps with an ear towards an amalgam of the 2 styles, and a hope that it would be a solution.
Few bands get their lineup correct from the jump, but, the initial team of Jameson Hollis (bass), Rick Smith (Drums), and Casey Gruttadauria (Organ) endures to this day. The group got a running start by playing warehouse parties, opening for modern ska heroes, and even scoring a little bit of love in the hometown (Boston) press.
In the midst of this, the group's momentums was slightly impeded by demand for the members' individual skills: Hollis brought his bass around the world with Have Nots, Stern became the permanent guitarist for Big D and the Kids Table, and Casey and Rick were called for hundreds of local sessions and shows. Still, the band mustered 2 high quality releases, and continued to build even without sustained availability.
2015 finds our Pomps re-assembled and ready to release their best record yet for the new (and ultra-selective) Rarebreed Recording Company . Indie Rock is Dying treats its listener to 6 A-sides of self-styled "Island Power-Pop". "Downbeat Diner" is an adderall-fueled pul of Hawaii-noir. "All My Guns" is a portrait of the Sandy Hook- Era "responsible gun-owner" that every parent fears, while the title track describes the special hell that is being a ska fanatic while living in a house full of underemployed tastemakers. Surprise closer "How to Lure People" sets up a beach chair in the previously unoccupied zone between Crowded House and Sly and Robbie.