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Pollyanna to Celebrate Release of "Slime" at House of Independents

Pollyanna to Celebrate Release of "Slime" at House of Independents

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Pollyanna is a four piece New Jersey band consisting of power-pop, bubble grunge and punk influences. They will celebrate the release of their latest album, Slime, with a hometown show at House of Independents in Asbury Park on Friday, July 8th before hitting the road on tour. The lineup for the show includes Jhariah, Latewaves, Fox Teeth, and Range Life.

Pollyanna showed a new side with their latest single “Pathetic.” Whereas previous tracks “SLUT” and “Mars” were brash and in-your-face, “Pathetic” takes a step back – trading in aggressive guitars for wistful acoustic melodies.

Cocalist Jill Beckett explaine, “‘Pathetic’ was written during a time of utter and complete weakness, feeling completely beaten down from the thought of loving someone who never wanted you and will never want you. I wrote this song about a person who I had only met two or three times and talked to for such a short period of time, but fell completely in love with the idea of them I had created in my head. I kept waiting and waiting because I was being led on and lied to, but truthfully I knew that this person would never come around. So I wrote a song about being in a never ending cycle of loving the idea of someone who you don’t even know and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.”

Tickets are $15 and available for purchase online.  Doors are at 7:00pm. House of Independents is located at 572 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The album was released on June 17th via I Surrender Records and is available for streaming or purchase at this link.

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Pollyanna is a four piece band from New Jersey composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jill Beckett, percussionist Daniel McCool, bassist Brandon Bolton, and guitarist Jack Rose. With sounds of power-pop, loud rock, bubble grunge, and punk influences, their name is directly derived from the dictionary definition, “to be unreasonably or illogically optimistic” - perfectly describing front-person Jill Beckett’s ‘stuck in 2017’ incredibly optimistic attitude.

After meeting in the first grade, Dan and Jill started the band at just 13 years old, eager to create and play music that would reach audiences beyond the confines of Jill’s open garage doors. Brandon made them a trio in early 2019, bringing 90’s femme punk influence to the group. At the start of 2021, Jack completed the bands’ lineup, adding his elemental stabby guitars and love for shoegaze and metal into the mix.

After completing almost 5 tours around the east coast and the midwest, Pollyanna has won over a following in the New Jersey music scene along with cities in the tri-state and beyond. They plan on leaving a unique mark in the music industry.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

7/8 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents **Album Release Show**

9/8 – Odessa, TX @ Cactus House

9/9 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room

9/10 – Dallas, TX @ TBA

9/12 – Nashville, TN @ The End

9/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Skylark Social Club

9/15 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club

9/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Grape Room

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9/17 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

9/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland

9/19 – Cambridge, MA @ Upper Middle East

9/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse

9/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s

9/23 – Detroit, MI @ Crofoot

9/24 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

9/27 – Denver, CO @ Marquis

9/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

9/30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

10/1 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

originally published: 06/19/2022



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