Sam Pollard

Sam Pollard

 Port Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
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We are a Melbourne based 4 Piece Pop/Rock band called 'The Sam Pollard Band' consisting of very experienced musicians who have gigged extensively around the world. We have a new album called ‘World of Difference’ to be fully released in November 2009 combined with a tour of Australia.

Biography

NEWS FLASH: Artist of the week on www.indiemusicuniverse.com 10th August 2009 - 17th August 2009.

MELBOURNE based musician Sam Pollard started playing the piano at the age of five and never looked back. As well as writing all of his own music, Sam plays piano and keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, cornet, trumpet and trombone, and sings in various styles.

Raised in the UK but relocated to Australia, Sam's musical influences include the best of British rock as well as classical and jazz styles. Classically trained, with live experience ranging from rock to big band jazz and improv, Sam's excitement for music shines through in his performances. “Sam Pollard blew us away when he did a couple of live acoustic tracks in the studio” said Mark Missen, President of Southern FM Radio in Melbourne. “It was a sensational off the cuff effort and shows just how talented this performer is”. Sam’s songs have received extensive radio play in Australia and internationally.

Sam has recently completed a professional studio recording of his album "World of Difference" with his band and producer Jimi Maroudas at "Sing Sing" studios in Melbourne. The album received a GrIndie award from RadioIndy who said “Pollard’s vocals are rhythmical and have a fashionable flair of alternative pop/rock. His lyrics are narrative and bouncy and he delivers a message within each song as a chronicle of events.”

Recent achievements include the inclusion of the song "What to do What to say" on two compilation albums in Australia and the UK, and success in the 2008 UK Songwriting Contest with "Blah Blah" reaching the finals in the Rock/Indie category (top 30 out of 6200+ entries) and "What to do What to say" reaching the semi-finals in the Pop category.

With 100s of CDs making their way out of the door, Sam and his band have had a busy year developing their fan base through playing festivals and gigs and are looking forward to touring Australia in November and December 2009.

Sam’s music crosses a number of genres from acoustic singer-songwriter to alternative rock and has been compared (amongst others) to Robbie Williams, Queen, Ben Folds Five, David Blunt, Muse, Crowded House and Lior.

Lyrics

Blah Blah

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
You call me up want to know how I'm feeling
I try to say what I can but you don't listen to me
Don't you know it, don't you feel it, don't you see it inside me
Won't you show it, don't you throw it, get away from me now
Why can't you go you don't listen to me…
I want to know what it means

CHORUS
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

VERSE 2
You want to talk every day
Why can't you just go away
Don't you know it, don't you feel it, don't you see it inside me
Won't you show it, don't you throw it, get away from me now

BRIDGE
Don't you know, Don't it show
I don't want you talking to me
Please be kind, One at a time
What are you doing to me

END CHORUS
When I speak you pay no attention to me
I can say what I want you don't care

What to do What to say

Written By: Sam Pollard


VERSE 1
What to do What to say
Makes me want to go insane
All that you did all that you said to me
It’s not gonna go away
I don’t know, what I’m saying baby
Want you right there by my side, one more time
Take a look, can’t you feel it baby
Won’t you just go on and

CHORUS
Sing for me
Don’t want to stay lonely
What’s so funny about the way that I feel
Sing for me
Don’t want to stay lonely
It’s so easy but it just seems to go away

VERSE 2
Knock on the door, don’t want to answer
It could be that man again
Open the door, it’s just a neighbour
Says she want’s to be my friend
Wants to borrow, a cup of sugar
Said I didn’t want it back
What to do, What to say
Why can’t she just come and

BRIDGE
Wanted to Sing
Wanted to Say
That I don’t want you to go away
What should I do
What should I say
So that you don’t just go away.

Better Day

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
Walking down the street I don’t understand
How my luck could ever, ever get this bad
Need to buy a drink but I ain’t got no change
Left my coat at home and then it starts to rain
What do you do when it gets this mad
Got knocked off my bike run over by a van
Get back up not to make a fuss
Turn around and get hit by a bus

CHORUS
If it’s gonna happen let it go what more can I say
It’ll come around you’ll get your chance on a better day
If it’s gonna happen let it go what more can I say
It’ll come around you’ll get your chance on a better day

VERSE 2
Wake up look around everything’s gone white
Dazed and shivering I look into the light
Turn my head then I see the night
Then someone says, ‘I think he’ll be alright’

VERSE 3
When you’ve been in a catastrophe
It really makes you want to see
You’re gonna have to face this world like me
There’s no other way it’s gonna be

The Other Side

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
Summers come and gone it’s starting to get so dark
Need to get some air but I can’t go to the park
I can’t stand it no more
Got no place to go
Need something unusual
Do it and I do it again
I go out to the other side of town
Can I find a better place to spend the night?
It’s so unusual
Found a place to park
It’s a sign I think
To get me to stay this side

CHORUS
What are you doing for me now?
What are you doing for me now?
Why don’t you stand up for me, while I’m walking out that door?
What are you doing for me now?

VERSE 2
Walking down the street I fall in a great big hole
No-one know I’m gone I’m in for the long haul
Please someone find me
I’ve lost my voice
This wasn’t the place I had in mind to spend the night
It’s getting light again I haven’t slept all night
A jogger comes my way I’ve got him in my sights
I throw a stone
He gets a real good fright
He comes and looks my way and asks if I’m alright

VERSE 3
Another man comes be he’s got a great big truck
There’s a ladder on the roof I’ve had some luck
They pass it to me
I’m getting out
I go right up the ladder and back to my side of town

Save Me

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
I sit here wasting time
Going out my mind
Why don’t we know
Which way to turn?
It’s all a great big mess
Can’t give my best
Won’t you show me?

CHORUS
Won’t you come and save me?
I’m going half crazy
Feeling real kind of shady
Won’t you come and save me?

VERSE 2
Sitting with the boss
We’re all at a loss
Confused and dazed
One more day
They still want me to work
The worlds gone berserk
No one knows me

VERSE 3
I sit here wasting time
Going out my mind
Don’t you know me?

Better Way

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
I was listening to what you said
And I don’t understand a thing
I can’t see how it’s gonna work
What’s going on in your head
Now you’re going your own way
And it’s not gonna work for me
Why don’t you listen to what I say?
Why can’t you see?

CHORUS
We’re gonna find out which way it’ll go
Don’t you think that we might all turn to stone?
You might find a better way I don’t know
What you gonna do now you’re all on your own

VERSE 2
I can’t believe it’s gone this way
What do you think you’re doing?
We’ve all got to celebrate
Now we’ve got it moving
We’ve all got another face
Which one will you be choosing
It’s all so elaborate
Now can’t you see?

She Has a Dream

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
Girl sits alone, stares at the rain
Thinks she’s not the only one feeling this way
Has another coffee, and while it’s steaming she says
That it doesn’t have to be like this, I think we should pray
Watches the traffic, it’s going no where
Can’t help thinking, she might as well walk there
Has another meeting, and she walks up the stairs
They can’t stop laughing, when she turns up wet

CHORUS
She has a dream, to better our days
Wants to break down the rivalries, no more to say
We should be free, to live our own way
No more need for the arguments that keep us away

Want to be there
Really want to be there

VERSE 2
Gets on the train, it didn’t go well
No-one would listen, they’ll all go to hell
We’re only dreaming, they’re all the same
They never understand a thing, it’s only a game

BRIDGE
She has a dream
Just a fantasy
Why can’t you see
It wasn’t meant to be

The only one who knows

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
Sitting up here thinking of what you said
You want me to meet them, not gonna do it again
I want to go my on way do you see?
You’ll just have to go there with out me

CHORUS
What do you want with me? I guess I’m the only one who can
I won’t help you can’t you see?
What do you want with me? You know I’m the only one who knows
I won’t help you can’t you see?

VERSE 2
I don’t want to do it, you can’t say
Anything to make me change my ways
You’d better find another mug who can
Go out on the street and steal a van

VERSE 3
I know what you’re doing to get to me
It’s never gonna work now, nothings a threat don’t you see
You can treat me like dirt, I don’t care
I won’t notice any of your stairs

Still Waiting Here

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
Another letter in the post today
They wanted me to go
To where the sun don't shine
I have to take some proof of where I live
As well as all my cards
So they know who I am

CHORUS
Still waiting here, while you mess around in meetings
Still waiting here, you've got my cash
Still waiting here, just another commuter
Still waiting here

VERSE 2
I make my way down to the hole again
And while I'm on the way
I crash in to a hedge
The bloke who's in my way is drunk again
But they don't really care
They'd rather let it go

BRIDGE
While I sit in the car
They can't decide
What to give me next
Another fine or a ban
Is what they want
Just for going out

VERSE 3
Another day I have to go again
There's nothing much around
But then it starts to snow
It isn't long before I've stopped again
There's no where else to go
Why can't I stay at home?

World of Difference

Written By: Sam Pollard

VERSE 1
I’ve been spending all my time
Wondering how it’s gonna end
Think about if I can get through another day
I’ve been spending all my life
Look around what’s happening now
Think about the world and it will help us
What you’re doing now
What you’re saying now
Can make the world of difference
Don’t forget me now, won’t you sing it loud
We’ll need a place to remember

CHORUS
Life’s too short, to worry about if it’s gonna happen
Life’s too short, just sort out all your problems now
Life’s too short, just smile every day you’ll feel much better
Just laugh be happy

VERSE 2
Wonder how it’s gonna end, is it going through your head
Don’t save it for another day
When your time is running out, make a move don’t turn around
We’ll leave a world to remember

BRIDGE
Won’t you all remember
How we made it better?
Made a world of difference
Now you won’t forget me

Discography

Radio Play: Southern FM Melbourne - 1 hour live on-air interview with 2 live acoustic songs and 8 played from the 'World of Difference' album.

Radio Play: Southern FM Melbourne - Live 30 minute Acoustic set on air streamed from Mentone Railway station.

Radio Play: Airplay of 'What to do What to say' on BBC radio in the UK

Radio Play: Multiple plays of various tracks from the 'World of Difference' album on several community stations across Australia. Streaming on several internet radio stations.

Album: 'World of Difference' released 28th Nov 2008.

Compilations: 'What to do What to say' Track featured on 'Droughtbuster' Album from Hard Rush Music (AUS).

Compilation: Track 'What to do What to say' featured on Album 'Compilation 02' from Lakeland Records (UK).

Album: 'Mixed up' - Released June 2007

Album: '4:15' - Released February 2000

Set List

Solo Acoustic: 45 Minutes set
Better Day - Sam Pollard
The other side - Sam Pollard
Still Waiting here - Sam Pollard
She has a dream - Sam Pollard
Out - Sam Pollard
Whats in a name - Sam Pollard
What to do What to say - Sam Pollard
Uno - Sam Pollard
Better Way - Sam Pollard
In the summer - Sam Pollard
Blah Blah - Sam Pollard
World of Difference - Sam Pollard

Full Band:
Up to 90 minutes of music so far, usually in 2 sets of 45 minutes.

Example Set lists:
Better Day - Sam Pollard
The other side - Sam Pollard
Still Waiting here - Sam Pollard
Chasing cars - Snow Patrol
I'm a believer - The Monkees
She has a dream - Sam Pollard
Out - Sam Pollard
Boulevard of broken dreams - Greenday
Thing called love - The Darkness
Only one - Sam Pollard
Whats in a name - Sam Pollard
What to do What to say - Sam Pollard

Uno - Sam Pollard
Let me Entertain you - Robbie Williams
This Love - Maroon 5
Better Way - Sam Pollard
In the summer - Sam Pollard
Earplugs - Sam