Heartbreak Kids

That's not despair in the air, it's Pollen

"I will go and leave forever on the day they find the boy that loves you half as much as I do."

It's no coincidence that the record closes on this particular note. Despite Chip's unrelenting theme, there is never any hint of disenchantment with romance; never any cause to abandon its promise. For all his tear-stained bluster, Hoag makes no threat to bury himself in an emotional bunker -- a glint of hope still burning just beneath the scarred shell.

And as the dawn turns to day, and the office fills with the sounds of the workaday week, it is in that which I find the dénouement. Emotions spared and feelings soothed, once again I've found solace buried in the grooves of a record and comfort in the arms of rock 'n' roll.

Let's talk about girls: The members of Pollen, from left, Kevin Scanlon, Bob Hoag, Dan Hargest, Chris Serafini and Mike Bennett.
Susan Jordan
Let's talk about girls: The members of Pollen, from left, Kevin Scanlon, Bob Hoag, Dan Hargest, Chris Serafini and Mike Bennett.

Pollen'sChip will be released on Tuesday, February 22, from Fueled by Ramen Records.

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