Polvo

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One of my favoritist bands of all time.  Polvo!

I picked up on these guys in Buffalo, 1994…  It was my first semester in college, I walked into a a record store, asked the cashier if there were any good bands coming to town…  He recommended Polvo and pointed me towards their CDs.  He described them as alternate tunings, twangy guitars/effects, note bending, whammy bars, and weird rhythms…  Sounded cool, I checked them out.  Purchased “Today’s Active Lifestyles”.

Got hooked.  Shortly after that I purchased all their other CDs and eagerly awaited the release of future albums…

These guys are straight from the Chapel Hill/90’s indie rock days.  My college days.  They remind me of my cute indie rock college radio DJ girlfriend and put me on campus at Rutgers.  …wasn’t a bad place to be.  All  these cool bands rolling through campus or NYC (45 mins away).   From that era, I got to see: Helium, Archers of Loaf, Unwound, Blonde Redhead, Cat Power, Built to Spill, and a bunch of other acts…

Polvo was hands down the best.  You just never knew where the guitars were gonna come at you next…  To get a sense of what I’m talking about, jump to 3:59 in this video…

Been re-listening to them obsessively lately…  I just find their level of experimentation inspiring…