what they're saying:

"There’s an awful lot we could say about Not Here–the most important thing being that it’s a fantastic, genre-bending experience–but it’s best heard with your own ears." - Southern Living

"This is absolutely album-of-the-year material" - Adobe and Teardrops

“In an ideal world, discovering a band like The Pollies wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but then again, in an ideal world, every band would be able to seamlessly blend and arrange the root elements of rock and roll while forging into new territory to create songs that sound so natural and effortless that you don’t notice the intrinsic complexity and massive undertaking that each track represents.” – Last.FM

“Jay Burgess’s voice is ragged enough to sound like he’s been a few places, but sweet enough to make your heart clench a little” – No Depression

"The Pollies succeed in bringing their own Southern sensibility to a sound that is grandiose and enchanting in a way that bleeds originality. Their sound is not just catchy, but it also lingers with you in the way any great band should."- Glide Magazine

“This is a band that pays more than lip service to defying genre classification, but in a way that’s organic, real, and rock ‘n roll.” – Twangville

“They sound like a classic band living in their own time zone. Maybe a little different from the one you check into regularly, but still worth checking out.”--- Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)

"The alt-country band transcends the genre here, focusing on meandering-yet-careful lead vocals, soaring bgvs, twinkly lead guitar, and a reverb-laden sense of nostalgia. The arrangement is carefully layered and mixed to perfection–it feels effortless, even though there’s quite a bit going on."- Independent Clauses

“Think early Wilco, kind of; shimmering, fuzzed-out, eerie guitars with a bottle slide edge to them, and hypnotically repetitive choruses.”—Brand New Kind Of

“There’s something about The Pollies that screams “this is not the last time you’re gonna hear from us,” and thats an awesome thing. If there is one young band to get behind and be a champion of, me thinks The Pollies is where its at”— Captain’s Dead

“They are open, inviting, passionate and tuneful. It’s twangy, but not southern rock. Soulful, but not R&B” – Farce the Music

“Drawing comparisons to Wilco, The Pollies continue to bolster the region’s reputation for producing great musicians.”--  Paste Magazine

The breadth of the arrangements, the accomplished songwriting, and heartfelt delivery demand that this album be taken on it's own terms as an indie rock statement of a truly accomplished band. This is great American storytelling. - When You Motor Away

Male voices united in lovely harmony, glide through aa series of notes that offer both major and minor-flavored emotions (a little Beach Boys; a little Megafaun). A long-held note morphs from sweet throats to overdriven tubes - and a blast of lusciously nasty feedback plows it's way into the forefront, arm-in-arm with a pounding bass drum and broad stroke down the strings of an acoustic guitar. Welcome to the world of The Pollies - where the fenders of beauty are rusted out and the muffler fell off a while back, but oh, sweet Jesus...what a ride. - Relix

Each song on this ten track masterpiece stands out as an individual song with it's own unique sound yet when you listen to them all together they form one cohesive entity. - Examiner

Bearing more jangle than twang, new single "Lost" is a resilient piece of Southern dream pop. - Bucket Full of Nails

Long time fans of The Pollies know them as an alt-country band, but on "Not Here" they are moving into a decidedly different direction. It's a more produced sound, full of lush atmospherics providing a base for some top notch late-night achey rock & roll walls of sound and bittersweet, surprisingly poignant lyrics. - Americana Music Show

There's a Wilco-like vibe to the record - a touch of alt-country with a dose of experimental rock - and I'm guessing the Alabama-based outfit is even better in person. - Pittsburgh In Tune

"She..." isn't the first song on "Not Here", but it will certainly make you take notice. Don't be surprised if you find yourself entranced from the first note of this song that begins with just vocals and guitar. At the chorus, the rest of the band - including a steel guitar - joins in. The steel guitar gives that characteristic lonesome and faraway sound. It's hard to say exactly what your reaction will be to this song, but it will probably be something along the lines od "Holy Cow!" - AXS

From song to song, Jay Burgess shows off his storytelling talent. With music in general, many albums have a select few songs that aerator contenders for singles or fan-favorites, as well as songs that come across as filler pieces for the record. However, that isn't the case with Not Here - each song belongs. The Pollies have crafted a nearly perfect album, one that makes it almost impossible to choose a favorite track. - mxdwn.com

With Not Here, The Pollies establish themselves as an inventive, bold group, unafraid to shake off what is expected of an Alt-Americana leaning band. It's a captivating, catchy album, leaving me definitely wanting to hear much, much more. - Popshifter

Steady, poignant songwriting, tight arrangements and artful production are the constants that make it a compelling record, regardless of classification. The varied arrangements give Burgess ample opportunity to showcase a wide vocal range. Other critics' comparisons to Gram Parsons aren't overstated, particuarly on the coincidentally named "She." His voice can be edgy or melodic, but it's always poignant. - Farce The Music