One of Seattle’s best kept secrets – sparkling orchestral pop from Poland!
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Taking inspiration from the likes of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper, Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds, Queen’s A Night At The Opera, and the Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society, Poland continues in the tradition of creating well-crafted pop songs with a strong emphasis on song-writing, involved arrangements and subtle orchestration. Check out this video of Sundial – a track from the album:
Guitarist/composer Mark Bombara formed Poland in 2006 with a group of enthusiastic Seattle musicians including drummer Shane Peck, violinist/string arranger Janet Utterback-Peck, bassist Noah Wilson, violinist Karen Halliburton and viola player Brianna Atwell. The 2007 addition of Bombara’s long-time friend Mark Romanowski as singer/guitarist/co-writer completed the line-up. Both Bombara and Romanowski are multi-instrumentalists, experimenting with different instrumentation such as banjo, melodica, vibraphone, keyboards, lap steel, glockenspiel, and ukulele on their recordings.
Poland self-released their first two albums on their own Class M Records. Their third CD, Most of Them Are Clockwork, and latest CD, Please Interstellar Policeman, both released on Series Two Records, are getting radio airplay around the world, including airplay on national stations such as Sweden’s P3 and the UK’s BBC. Their song “Your Sunday Book” is featured on a BBC 6 podcast from November 8th, 2009, available at www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/trintro/. Their music is being played on many college and independent stations as well, and has charted as high as #1 at the UNO MAV Radio.
Poland’s song “Dear Miss Kensington” was recently featured on the Mercedes Benz website: www.mercedes-benz.tv/mixedtape, from November 10, 2009 through January 5, 2010. Poland was one of ten new artists from around the globe chosen for this edition of the Mixed Tape.
Poland’s last CD, Please Interstellar Policeman, was selected by The Levee Breaking as one of five albums featured on their quarterly “Album Showcase” for the months of January through March, 2010. See more at: www.theleveebreaking.com
Poland has been selected as a CMJ/Sonicbids Spotlight artist for the week of February 28, 2010. The band will be highlighted on both the CMJ and Sonicbids home pages for one week.
Poland’s previous live performances include a performance this past summer, 2009, at the Nebraska Pop Festival, along with other national and international pop acts.
Mark Romanowski – Guitar, Vocals, Other Instruments and Sounds
Mark Bombara – Guitar, Other Instruments and Sounds
Shane Peck – Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Website: shanepeck.weebly.com
Janet Utterback-Peck – Violin, Melodica, String Arrangements
Karen Halliburton – Violin, Vocals, Melodica, String Arrangements
Noah Wilson – Bass, Vocals, String Arrangments
Brianna Atwell – Viola, String Arrangements
Nanda Wilson – Live Percussion