When your band draws frequent comparisons to established acts like The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, and Broken Social Scene, you must be doing something right. Just ask Pomegranates, who released their third album, One of Us, last month. Thanks to its swooning production and assured energy, the record has already climbed to #7 on the CMJ Top 200 Chart.
You can experience Pomegranates’ sugary sounds firsthand on Wednesday, November 17th, when the Cincinnati band plays the Casbah. In anticipation of the show, vocalist/guitarist Joey Cook was kind enough to share some of his influences. You can check out the list and the rest of Pomegranates’ tour dates below.
Girl and Dolphin: I saw this cartoon a couple years back and got really excited about it for a season. I had forgotten about it until just recently. I love old handmade animations, and the music in this video is so good.
Equinoxe: On a similar note, Isaac [Karns] gave me a present some time ago. It was a cassette of Jean Michel Jarre’s “Equinoxe.” This is a funny video I found of the fifth movement in the piece:
Erik and Jocelyn Aucoin: (See picture at right.)
Isaac’s Moves: Isaac used to do this thing where he’d be air-drumming, but the ride cymbal on his air-kit was almost behind him. It looked ridiculous. Also he does this dance from time to time where he puts his arms out to the side with his fists up, elbows at right angles, and shakes his fists left to right at the same time and shakes his head left to right on the opposite timing. I wish I had a video to share.
Voodoo: These Portland donuts are the biggest reason I love touring the West Coast. First visit = Cock and Balls. This last time I tried the bacon maple log and the Old Dirty Bastard (Glazed donut, chocolate icing, Oreo crumbs, peanut butter drizzle). Excellent.
Jacob’s Tour Injury: A few nights ago Jacob [Merritt] was making a fainting joke and fell on his face with his arms crossed and cracked his rib with his fist. It was funny at first, but he says it gets more excruciating every day. Sadly, it’s getting funnier we think.
Pomegranates tour dates
11/17 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
11/18 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
11/19 El Paso, TX – Black Market
11/20 Austin, TX – Mohawk
11/21 Denton, TX – Haileyâ€™s
11/22 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
11/24 Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House