MP3 The Poggs - The Poggs
A guitar burns like a flamethrower as the rhythm section pounds out heart-attacks while melodious vocals resonate over the raucous din; these songs vacillate bewteen uproarious intensity and super-cool mellowness, never hitting a down note.
9 MP3 Songs in this album (35:45) !
Related styles: ROCK: Roots Rock, URBAN/R&B: Southern Soul
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The Poggs are a four-piece rock n roll don’t touch that wire it’s live band of gypsies. The group is composed of Will Brand on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jim Goza on vocals and lead guitar, Tyler W. Jones on percussion, and Justus Moll (affectionately referred to as “Bustus”) on bass. The songs on the new album were written as a collaborative effort.
If you could hold the Poggs in the palm of your hand, and examine them closely, you might never turn away. They are the quintessential college-town live band; an assortment of vibrant characters in love with life and the joy of playing together, and a witty lot to boot.
Their style is a blend of Sublime-esque reggae and hard-driving rock crowned with searing guitar phrases and infused with an original quality only describable as their own. Goza’s guitar burns like a flame-thrower as the rhythm section pounds out heart-attacks and Brand’s melodious vocals resonate over the raucous din. All in their early twenties, the Poggs play as if tomorrow is just an abstract concept.
The band was started in 2004 by high-school-buddies Brand and Goza after a chance reunion at OfficeMax. They played as a duo at parties for over a year before taking on a full band. The first time Tyler W. Jones (their current drummer and a major creative force in the band) heard them play was at one such party. Jones was a session musician specializing in jazz who sat in with various bands in Fayetteville for shows and recordings. One night he happened to be at a party where Brand and Goza were playing. According to Jones, the tadpole Poggs had ripped the railing off of the backporch of an abandoned house and had set their equipment and mood lighting on this makeshift stage. They only managed to play two songs, including B.B King’s The Thrill Is Gone, before the cops came, but Jones was hooked. He said that what did it for him was that Brand laughed and smiled the whole time he played.
Bustus joined the band on a lark, when Brand and Goza needed a bassist to accompany them to play at a friend’s high school reunion. After that beer-guzzling Bacchanalia, he just never left.
The songs on the self-titled album seem to be inspired with the central ethic – “We’re coming to party…Won’t you come with us.” At least this is how the initial track Tony Montana plays out, with Brand imploring the audience to join in the revelry, while the backing instruments support the argument.
Several songs on the album are notable. The song Mexican Fugitive has already become something of a viral hit, and seems likely to be a perennial favorite. The song has an uplifting Caribbean lilt to it, which Jones (the drummer) describes as “like drinking margaritas while watching girls dance to the Beatles.”
The Poggs’ songs vacillate between uproarious intensity and super-cool mellowness, but they never hit a down note. This band is not interested in melancholy introspection, but life-affirming gladness. This is one reason that they are such a delight to see live…and perhaps with a thirst.