So I've heard that Pomegranates are good for your heart
So if you're looking for flavonoids, drink that darkly-colored POM juice stuff from the grocery store. But if you're looking for delightfully energetic pop-harmony music, listen to Pomegranates from Cincinnati instead.
Like that weird-looking fruit, these Pomegranates burst open with some serious richness, all purpley red and sweet shimmery. They've been getting excellent blog and indie radio notice in the last few months, and I'm preparing to see them at the Monolith Festival next month. My favorite thing they've done recently is the always-excellent Daytrotter session. In the accompanying write-up, Sean wrote, "this quartet of young buckeroos from Cincinnati drench their songs in sweet sugar water and let them hover around like hummingbirds, leaving behind a tail of sugar granules that are then picked off by greedy ears lusting for more of the stuff."
Even though their music glimmers and catapults around inside my speakers, it also plumbs some depths on songs like the melancholy "In The Kitchen," where the protagonist sings about how the table is set but she is not there for dinner.
MOKB writes that this is music for fans of Death Cab for Cutie, early Modest Mouse, Rogue Wave and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Pomegranates have recently toured with contemporaries like Islands, Ra Ra Riot and French Kicks. Their music evokes buoyantly blue summer skies, like this:
Whom/Who - Pomegranates
Thunder Meadow - Pomegranates
In The Kitchen (live on Daytrotter) - Pomegranates
The Southern Ocean (live on WOXY) - Pomegranates
Stream the full album Everything Is Alive.
[band photo credit Desiree Watkins]