Alt-poppers Pollon are a newish name on Hidden Herd‘s radar, toting a heady mix of 80s guitars, skyscraping ambition and powerhouse dual vocals.

At the start of the month, the Brighton newcomers released debut single ‘Strong’, a sprawling stadium-sized slow-build with shades of Fleetwood Mac in its drama-filled crescendo.

Ahead of Pollon playing our penultimate Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT show at Green Door Store on Friday 22nd March with Swimming Girls, we spoke to them about their influences and more.

How would you describe Pollon to a stranger?

“Nostalgic 80s influenced pop with a rock twist and double lead vocals.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“That’s a tricky one to answer as we all have very different musical backgrounds, although – having spent a lot of time together over the last year – our current musical tastes are starting to blend more. Music from the 70s and 80s like Simple Minds and Kate Bush certainly has an influence on the way we write and sound, but our sonic identity is definitely influenced by more modern bands as well.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“In December last year people turned up to a Brighton gig with fan-made Pollon merchandise. Considering we had only been gigging since July that was really special. The show went well too!”

You’re based in Brighton – what’s your local music scene like?

“Brighton music scene is amazing because it’s so eclectic. You’ll find gigs on pretty much every night and it’s wonderful to see a city that supports such a broad range of genres. It’s just really welcoming!”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“Peace in Protest – Straight up modern rock. Go see them live and you’ll be blown away… Ben’s vocals are off the chart!

Yellow Bellies – Groovy and funky as hell and you can’t help but dance! Another band to go and check out live.

Bluebound – We’ve played a few shows with them and it’s always a pleasure! These three gents absolutely nail that classic blues rock sound with a bit of funk thrown in for good measure. Great musicians and performers!”

And finally, what does 2019 hold for Pollon?

“We’ve finished our debut recordings at Echo Zoo studios in Eastbourne, so we shall be releasing some music this year which we’re very excited about.”

Pollon will play Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT at Green Door Store on Friday 22nd March in Brighton alongside Swimming Girls, Comforts and la lune. Tickets are available via DICE.