Yes. We just put out an EP, Hey It’s Pomplamoose! But in all honesty Pomplamoose went through a real rough patch, and I’m going to try to explain why that happened.
Life truly is what happens while you’re busy planning other things. For the last several months I’ve been rigorously planning the release of my album. Jack has been devotedly learning about and creating electronic music. And meanwhile life has been happening, bank accounts have been emptying, pets have been aging (but not people, certainly not people), and suddenly you realize that it’s time to STOP planning, and start PUTTING STUFF OUT.
Pondering the best to go about things is a luxury and a waste of time. The EP that Pomplamoose put out today is a compilation of things we were previously afraid to put out. “Why?” you might ask. “It’s just a few jingles and some songs you wrote over the last couple years.” That’s exactly right, imaginary fan! And that’s EXACTLY why we were afraid to put it out!
Please allow me to explain the semi-paralysis that Pomplamoose has experienced during the last two years. The band had a pretty big year in 2010 – we put out a couple successful albums, did the Hyundai holiday commercials and the Richmond book drive. It was a busy year, and people got pretty excited. We were excited too. So we started “planning.” And that was our mistake. We started thinking about “the best way to go about things.” We started taking advice from people and getting really scared about our next record, because it had to be amazing. It had to be the best fucking record of all time. We had to do something INCREDIBLE and SURPRISE people, but not TOO much, and then GO ON TOUR and then GO ON A BIGGER TOUR.
So we got to work, trying to write amazing songs, and very soon felt like it was more work than fun. We were feeling overwhelmed by the business side of things, the social media, the licensing opportunities. It was all about what Pomplamoose should be. Should it be more serious? Should it have more profound lyrics? Should we ditch the toy piano? We became nitpicky and paranoid, and Pomplamoose was quickly starting to lose its charm. At least for us. So we did the necessary thing. We took a step back from it. Started working on our own stuff. And that felt pretty good. Because in case you haven’t heard, neither Jack’s nor my solo projects are as big as Pomplamoose. So there was less pressure and less interest, and we were less bogged down by “people’s expectations” (an imaginary concept that bands make up when they’re freaking out about their “next step” which is also an imaginary concept.)
A couple weeks ago, we reluctantly went back into the studio. And we had a GREAT time. It honestly felt just like the old days. The only unfortunate thing is that they really do feel like the “old days” at this point. We haven’t been consistently putting stuff out, and our EP is mostly material from the last two years, so we’re in what some people would call “a rather terrifying position.” We just don’t know how our fans feel about our music anymore. And we don’t know how they’ll feel when we start making new stuff.
The GREAT news is that we’ve gotten over the whole “people’s expectations” thing. We’ve also learned from our last freak out that there is no “best way to go about things” and that Pomplamoose is supposed to be a FUN outlet for us. When Jack and I go into the studio, we are there to have a good time: nothing more, nothing less. So in the future, we’re not going to strive to make hit songs, and we’re certainly not going to pretend like people expect our music to change the world. The OTHER great news is that our music has always been super polarizing, so we look forward to some people loving it and other people hating it. Really, it’s okay! We don’t mind! We’re just gonna get back to having a good time.