Europe has produced some of the world's most infectious English-language indie pop in recent years: Sweden's Shout Out Louds, France's Phoenix, Norway's Kings of Convenience. Upon first listen, one may think these bands are from Brooklyn... Silver Lake... Toronto.
In a similar tradition, Nacional Records introduces Polock, from Spain’s Mediterranean coastal city of Valencia (also where my last name comes from "Meneses"!). The group will release its U.S. debut album, ‘Getting Down From The Trees,’ on August 31st.
As one of Spain’s most important indie buzz acts, Polock has quickly become renowned for their contagious hooks and melodies. In the past year, Polock has played major stages like Europe’s premiere indie rock festival Primavera Sound as well as the MTV Winter Festival with Franz Ferdinand and Starsailor. Most recently, the top online video series La Blogotheque came to Spain to tape a “Take Away Show” with Polock on the beaches of Barcelona.
‘Getting Down From The Trees’ was recorded over two months in a Berlin studio after the group spent a year writing the album in Spain. “We thought it was time for a change of scenery,” says Papu Sebastián, Polock’s lead singer and primary songwriter.