The Pollocks
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The Pollocks

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Pop

Calendar

Oct
27
The Pollocks @ Stinson Vineyards

Crozet, Virginia, United States

Crozet, Virginia, United States

Nov
03
The Pollocks @ Cunningham Creek Winery

Palmyra, Virginia, United States

Palmyra, Virginia, United States

Nov
09
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Nov
15
The Pollocks @ Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery

Crozet, Virginia, United States

Crozet, Virginia, United States

Dec
06
The Pollocks @ The Front Porch

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Dec
14
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Dec
22
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Jun
08
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Jun
07
The Pollocks @ Grace Estate Winery

Crozet, Virginia, United States

Crozet, Virginia, United States

May
24
The Pollocks @ Stinson Vineyards

Crozet, Virginia, United States

Crozet, Virginia, United States

May
19
The Pollocks @ Knight's Gambit Vineyard

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

May
11
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Apr
13
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Apr
06
The Pollocks @ DuCard Vineyards

Etlan, Virginia, United States

Etlan, Virginia, United States

Mar
09
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Feb
09
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Dec
08
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Nov
10
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Oct
20
The Pollocks @ Knight's Gambit Vineyard

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Oct
13
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Oct
06
The Pollocks @ Chords 4 Kids

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Sep
30
The Pollocks @ IX Art Park

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Sep
15
The Pollocks @ Belmont Bash (Belmont Park)

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Sep
08
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Sep
07
The Pollocks @ Sprint Pavilion

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Dec
10
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Nov
12
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Oct
20
The Pollocks @ Castle Hill Cider Llc

Keswick, Virginia, United States

Keswick, Virginia, United States

Oct
14
The Pollocks @ The Ante Room

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Oct
08
The Pollocks @ Batesville Market

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Sep
23
The Pollocks @ The Bebedero

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Sep
18
The Pollocks @ Starr Hill Brewery

Crozet, Virginia, United States

Crozet, Virginia, United States

Music

Press


"Seven questions with Jason Pollock"

"Chances are that you’ve probably heard the music of Jason Pollock without even knowing it. Born and raised in Charlottesville, Pollock has had a first-hand glimpse into the world of rock-n-roll stardom. Beginning in the early 90's (while a student at William & Mary) and continuing on through the last part of the decade, Jason Pollock was a founding member, lead guitarist, and songwriter in the rock band Seven Mary Three. You may recall the band’s 1995 release American Standard which became a platinum-seller and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Charts. That album was fueled in large part by the band’s biggest charting hit “Cumbersome”... - The Velvet Rut


"WNRN on-air interview with Anne Williams"

"You seem to have an endless well, in which you go down there and dip into to come up with these songs... They're always really clever, they're well written, a great sense of melody. You seem to be [a band] out of time... The songs are fun, they logically fit together, they've got some good points to make and there's some good imagery in there." - WNRN


"Our first review"

I was going to call you today, but since I have this e-mail, I'll relay the message in writing. We listened to your CD twice on the trip, and I listened to it coming in to work this morning. I think the CD is really, really great, and I wouldn't just tell you that if I didn't really think it. I loved every single song, unlike most Cd's I've listened to, and was bowled over by how great the music, lyrics, and your singing are. It's a very impressive group of songs that actually gave me goose bumps I found them so appealing. I knew you were incredibly talented, but I'd forgotten how much over the time you haven't been performing, and now I'm very excited that you're going to be performing again, and we'll have the honor of not only listening to you live, but being able to say "That's my boy!" Congratulations for putting together such a beautiful Cd. - Mary Napoleon (Jason's step-mother)


"The art of Pollock: One-time national songwriter goes local"

Jason Pollock has achieved more fame making music than most people ever dream of. As a member of ’90s post-grunge rock band Seven Mary Three, he toured the world and played to tens of thousands. He co-wrote the band’s 1997 Billboard Top 100 No. 1 hit “Cumbersome,” as well as its No. 7 hit that year, “Water’s Edge.”

But Pollock said his ambitions these days aren’t “fame and riches and glory.”

“The only ambition I have is to wake up early and write music every day,” he said. “I’ve found that place where that’s what I’m looking for and everything else is secondary. The thing that’s really the most important to me is the artwork. If you can find that, then you’ve been lucky.”

It’s a likely story, and the cynical might find it hard to believe. But how about this for some proof: On January 31, Pollock and his band The Pollocks will take the humble stage of the Batesville Market. They’ll be releasing an album Pollock recorded in a friend’s Scottsville home with his wife Maryline Meyer, songwriting partner Thomas Gunn, drummer Nathan West and a rotating cast of characters. They’ll play to a crowd of 100-150. And they’ll play songs that aren’t even close to the Billboard Top 100, much less No. 1 hits.

Want more proof? The Pollocks have never toured to build buzz for their records, of which they’ve released six since forming in 2008.

“There’s not one of us that is under 30 years old, and we’re not going to get in a van and tour for the next five years,” Pollock said. “It’s just not going to happen.”

That’s going to make it tough to reach a wider audience, but it also makes Charlottesville pretty damn lucky. It makes The Pollocks latest record, the delightfully titled Johnny Sunshine and the Rainbows, our piece of well-crafted Americana. It makes tracks like “Love Is Alive” our very own little Dylan-esque hit.

“The music really betrays its influences,” Pollock said. “Both Thomas and I grew up listening to Neil Young and Dylan, The Band, The Beatles, the Stones, The Velvet Underground. There’s even a little Tom Petty in there.”

So just how did Pollock come to be Batesville’s own J.D. Salinger, toiling away at his craft in near obscurity? In 1999, he left Seven Mary Three, not at the height of the band’s popularity but certainly before the boys from Williamsburg and Orlando, Florida, had squeezed every last bit of juice from fame’s orange.

According to Pollock, it was a classic case of band members reaching an artistic impasse. He wasn’t feeling inspired to write music at the time, he said, and he could no longer tell what was a good song and what was a clunker.

So he left. He came back home to North Garden. He got out of the music game for the most part. For four or five years, he didn’t really know what kind of music he wanted to write and play. He wasn’t sure he would ever get back in the studio, start a band or take the stage.

Finally, a friend snapped him out of it. He had to get a band together, the friend said, and suggested a few people. West and Gunn joined up with Pollock and his wife, and the quartet started playing together as The Pollocks. Records began to flow—one in early 2008, one in late 2008, others in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Then the band pulled back a bit until an odd opportunity popped up. Pollock’s buddy in Scottsville had “this old vintage recording equipment” lying around in his house. Pollock also had some recording equipment. They decided to set up a makeshift recording studio and started recording on analog gear.

There were bumps in the road. Well into the recording process, they discovered their tape machine wasn’t tracking properly. They had to start over. West broke his ankle. The bass player on the record, local standout Michael Clem, quit. The keyboard player quit. Pollock’s friend who owned the house was having work done on his roof, so there was constant banging.

“It was like one thing after another,” Pollock said. “It was definitely something where the will had to take over to get it done, but it was such a great process that we went through. We were never bitter.”

The result is a “musically simple” record, by Pollock’s account. It’s composed mostly of three chord tunes with simple changes. Pollock said he and Gunn focused on writing melodies that attract the ear, and lyrics about people coming together as a community; love and a dash of social critique.

Does Pollock ever regret going it alone? Does he wish he’d still been with Seven Mary Three when they reached No. 7 on the Billboard Top 100 again in 2001? Not at all, he insists.

“I think it was the right thing to do,” he said. “My creative output is much greater now than it was then. I think it’s better music, as well.” - C-ville


Discography

Set And Setting (2018)

Johnny Sunshine and The Rainbows (2015)

Photos

Bio

The Pollocks are led by Jason Pollock, former guitarist and songwriter for Seven Mary Three. In the mid 1990s, Jason penned such hits as "Cumbersome" and "Water's Edge", sold a few million albums, and toured extensively. His new band was formed in 2014, when a friend told him that he needed to get back into the game, and present to the public his catalog of songs that had been piling up. The band is: Jason Pollock (co-writer, guitar, vocals), Nathan West (drums), Thomas Gunn (co-writer, guitar, vocals), Randy Mendicino (bass), and Maryline Meyer-Pollock (vocals, percussion). The songs are recorded in a centuries old farmhouse, using only analog equipment, and highlight the band's strong belief in community, love, and the small pleasures in life. The music can best be described as American rock, with the right amount of soul: The Rolling Stones meets Jefferson Airplane. There's some Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Neil Young thrown in for good measure. The psychedelic South, in three part harmony...

Band Members